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Old 08-22-2018, 06:35 PM   #1
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I recently bought a house that sits very close to the house next door. On that side of house, there is very little I can do to get water away from the house. I've posted a picture of the area. The house sits on a poured concrete basement. After a recent downpour, I inspected the basement and found a few areas where I could see moisture on the basement walls. The one spot with no easy fix was on this side of the house. The downspout sits near the front of the house, so diverting that water is easy. The neighbor has a sloped concrete walkway, so that water is finding it's way to that area as well. My first question is whether a French drain is the best solution in this area. If not, what are my other options?
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Ayuh,..... Simplest cheapest fix is a continuous fallin' grade to the discharge point of the property,.....

Aka: a Swale,.....
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Thanks for the response. The more research I do, the more I don’t want to do a French drain, so that’s a good starting point. What would I construct a swale out of in this spot? The only discharge area is going to be the front of the house, so about 10+ feet from the foreground of that photo.

A guy I know who has a masonry business is going to look at it and give me an estimate on pouring a concrete swale, essentially. It would terminate by the front porch with a catch basin and empty in the front yard. That’ll probably be cost prohibitive though.
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I've never understood the purpose of a catch basin other than to possibly breed mosquitoes. Can someone enlighten me? thanks
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I’m not sure I can offer an explanation from experience, but in my case, I had thought to use one to catch the water draining off the sloped concrete, send it into a drainage pipe underground and distributed away from the house.
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What would I construct a swale out of in this spot? The only discharge area is going to be the front of the house, so about 10+ feet from the foreground of that photo.
Ayuh,..... Simplest, cheapest way, is to carve out the dirt for continuous fallin' grade, 'n plant grass in it when done diggin',......
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Ayuh,..... Simplest, cheapest way, is to carve out the dirt for continuous fallin' grade, 'n plant grass in it when done diggin',......
I would do that but cover it with poly and plant river rock.
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It’s about a 40 foot span and less than 3 feet wide. Since it’s against the foundation on one side, I can’t raise the back end. So I’ll be about 6” below the rest of the yard at the front end of the swale. That’s what I’m not sure about. I could carve out a spot for a catch basin there and run drainage pipe away from the house from there. I’m just not familiar enough with this to know that it will solve my problem with moisture on the basement wall.
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Ayuh,..... Simplest, cheapest way, is to carve out the dirt for continuous fallin' grade, 'n plant grass in it when done diggin',......
I would do that but cover it with poly and plant river rock.[IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.diychatroom.com/images/smilies/wink.png[/IMG]
So, make the trench and lay poly over it from the foundation to the fence? Then rock on the poly? Will that cause any issues with water escaping the ground? (What water manages to get down there over time).
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No matter what's done in that a area, keep in mind the hedge on the neighbor's side may be in jeopardy.
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No matter what's done in that a area, keep in mind the hedge on the neighbor's side may be in jeopardy.
Morning glory is a weed.
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Morning glory is a weed.
Mention that to the neighbor lady that planted it there, but you may also want to look up the definition of a weed.
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The neighbors walkway diverts water onto my property, so I’m definitely not concerned about whatever is growing on that fence.
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Mention that to the neighbor lady that planted it there, but you may also want to look up the definition of a weed.
Hmmm, we don't plant it here and it will take over a whole yard in a few weeks if left to grow, I didn't know anyone grew it.
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It’s about a 40 foot span and less than 3 feet wide. Since it’s against the foundation on one side, I can’t raise the back end. So I’ll be about 6” below the rest of the yard at the front end of the swale. That’s what I’m not sure about.
Ayuh,..... An inch fall per 10' of run will drain,.....

Pitch, from the foundation, to the fence, then an inch fall every 10 feet to where ever it's gotta go,.....

A lazer level would be Great,.... a string line, 'n string level can do the job though,.....
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