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joetab24 04-12-2011 07:08 PM

keeping water away from house
hi all,

i've posted about this before. finally installed an extension to the extension on my downspout. it's rained a few times in April and I've managed to keep the basement about 95% more dry than before.

I did notice when I was looking at the black tube I used that it is perforated. A tube like this, I take it, is used for retaining wall drainage. When I noticed this, I added the brown tray to move the water along.

I was thinking I might add some rocks under the tube to aid in drainage. Is it ok that I am using this tube, and would the rocks be worth adding?

thanks for taking a look :)


Just Bill 04-13-2011 07:05 AM

do you always repeat yourself?????? I have been saying that for years. 90% of basement water problems can be solved or greatly reduced by having gutters and gutters that get water at least 6' away from the foundation, and grading the does the same. Obviously, this does not work with high water tables, springs, etc.

Ron6519 04-13-2011 07:09 AM

The point of extending the leader is to get the water away from the house. A perforated pipe will not do that. You do not want drainage under the perforated pipe. That would just accelerate water getting close to the foundation. So no rocks.
Take the perforated pipe off.
Extend the leader away from the house with an unpunctured pipe.

joetab24 04-13-2011 07:19 AM

what happened?

sorry... Ron, i had no idea what you were referring to at first.

Ron6519 04-13-2011 07:50 AM


Originally Posted by joetab24 (Post 628454)
what happened?

sorry... Ron, i had no idea what you were referring to at first.

What happened to the "War and Peace" post?
What's the question?
You were using perforated pipe. I said don't use perforated pipe.

jencymikki 04-13-2011 09:39 PM

Cut down weeds and grass 3 feet out from the foundation. Build up the ground so it is higher at the foundation and slopes downward away from the foundation. Use the topsoil to do this but tamp it down so it is firm.Cut a piece of heavy-duty plastic sheeting the length that you need and 3 feet 3 inches wide. Lay the plastic down on the soil with 3 inches up against the foundation. Use a broom to clean dirt and debris from the concrete foundation.

creeper 04-15-2011 05:26 AM

In Canada we call that black weeping tile, "4 inch o ring" Since you need to change it to the non perforated type anyway, (also sold perforated on one side-don't get that), why not get an even longer length. In your pic you can see the water already pooling. Bring it well past the house if you can. Your drive is paved, so rocks are pointless and messy

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