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Old 07-03-2013, 03:58 PM   #1
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I realize pics will help, so I'll get on that...but in the mean time.....

Our sump line runs away from our house (south)and USE TO run into a nearby field. However, before we moved in the farmer asked the homeowners to move it to a different place (west). Long story short, I noticed our yard a bit sloshy in a couple of places so I investigated, found the point where they went west with the new line and cut the pvc. Water came gushing out, telling me the slope was not at all proper. Now, instead of ripping up over 100' of buried PVC and sloping it correctly, I thought about creating a dry creek bed/pond and just forget the whole thing. Is this possible?

I'd essentially be cutting the line about 30' from the field and digging out a pond like (albeit small pond, more like a koi pond) I'd say 8-12 inches down and then have the water empty into this pond/basin. I still could use the old line that runs into the field as an overflow if needed...our pump runs quite a bit.

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The overflow would not work since you said it runs down hill into the potential pond and not away from it.

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Also would be a great place to bred mosquitos.
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Carp eat mosquitoes--- post a picture---could work---but you must make sure there is a free fall pipe feeding the pond--if not you would be at risk of siphoning the pond into your basement if the back flow valve ever failed.
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8 to 12" deep. How wide?
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8 to 12" deep. How wide?
Well, I can make it just about as wide as I need to. At minimum it would be about 6 ft. diameter, but I could go a bit larger if needed.

My biggest concern is making sure the water isn't sitting in the pond area for too long. I'd rather it be more of a rain garden that allows the water to seep into the ground gradually. I also worry about winter and what happens when all that water is being pumped into below freezing weather.
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!2" by 6 foot, is 6 cu ft. Which would hold a rounded up 45 gallons.

You said your sump pump runs a lot. How often is a lot, and how many gallons does it pump out each time.
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!2" by 6 foot, is 6 cu ft. Which would hold a rounded up 45 gallons.

You said your sump pump runs a lot. How often is a lot, and how many gallons does it pump out each time.
NOt sure on how many gallons each time. I'd have to check. During really wet or rainy weather it runs every 5 min or so. We haven't had heavy rain for about 2 weeks and it runs a couple of times a day.

I don't think 45 gallons would hold it, although if it were draining as it was emptying into the pond, I guess it might work. That's why I thought if I had an overflow pipe just in case it was pumping out an abnormally high amount I'd still be okay. Like I said I could double that size if needed.
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6 foot diameter at 1 foot is 28 cubic feet. 210 gallons
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6 foot diameter at 1 foot is 28 cubic feet. 210 gallons
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Only concern I have is how much do you like mosquitoes?
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Only concern I have is how much do you like mosquitoes?
I like them a lot more than a sloshy lawn and a wet basement

Not sure if this will even be the route I take, but wanted to see what others ideas and thoughts were. This "pond" will be about 100' or more from my house and we live on 2.5 acres, so the bugs are already here.

LIke I mentioned in my first post. My options seem to be:

1. reroute 150' feet of already buried pvc discharge line and excavate to the appropriate slope.

2. Anger the farmer where the line is currently and temporarily run to (his field).

3. Pond

4.???
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4: drywell - big hole full of stone and covered with lawn.
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4: drywell - big hole full of stone and covered with lawn.
I've considered this. I wonder, however, if a drywell would be a good idea when there's hundreds of gallons of water per day (on very wet days).

Here's another question for someone.

Could I or can you add a second check valve in the discharge line? The second one would be added where the low point was9 (50 ft from the house). This was I could get the water past that point, but none would come back towards the yard. Can this be done?

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Might be a pain due to the distance for wiring, but what if you went with the drywell route with a sump pit on top. Stick a pump in this area to handle the overflow when the drywell can't keep up.

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