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Old 10-14-2007, 09:09 PM   #1
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I'll do my best to explain, and sorry I cannot get a picture of this. I have a cement slab that acts as a driveway (20x12) for my 2 car garage.

When it rains, all the water pools in the lower right corner. The problem is that this slopes towards my house and towards my landscaping. If we get a lot of rain it backs up into my garage. Any ideas on how I can channel the water the opposite direction, away from my house and yard?

I thought about using leveling concrete and try to build up to slope away, I am just unsure how to make sure the concrete bonds to the existing cement and won't start to chip away. The lowest point can't be more than 2 inches lower than the rest.

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Old 10-14-2007, 11:15 PM   #2
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The easier way, would be to install a drain system between the garage entrance and the drive. What ever company poured the drive should be shot.

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Old 10-15-2007, 07:36 PM   #3
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I've thought about a french drain, but since the flooding occurs at the lowest spot, I'm not sure where I would route the drain.
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Put a drain grate across the whole front of the garage, and have it drain out to daylight off to the left.
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Since the driveway floods at the low end and there is a alley off to the left, I'm not sure that would work. I would have to dig out the front of my drivway down a good 4-5 inches lower than the lowest spot and then it would be below the grade of the alley.
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Is there anyplace lower than your driveway on your property?
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Old 10-15-2007, 08:33 PM   #7
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No, not really. There is spot in my yard that is fairly low, but it's a good 30 ft from the driveway. My house is older and obviously there wasn't a lot of thought when the driveway was poured.
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Providing a picture should spawn some more ideas...

Got a camera phone? That seems to be an easy way nowadays for those technically challenged... assuming you are which may be bad on my part.

If so, send it to your email, save to your computer and then attach it to the response post.
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I know how to attach pictures, and take them with me digital. But this is a work computer, so I am not able to download any new software. I'll see if I can figure something out.
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Then use you HOME computer.
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Water flows to the lowest spot. You have three options.
1. Raise the driveway so it drains some place else.
2. Install a drain to take the water some place else.
3. Leave it as it is.
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I am having issues with my driveway again, and I think the lower part is more like 3 inches . Can I mix or just pour self leveling cement to slope the driveway to the alley instead of my yard? Basically can I raise my driveway by adding concrete on top of the existing cement?
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It'll be a temporary patch at best, that won't last....

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