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Old 09-05-2019, 11:15 AM   #16
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Re: Installing drainage without natural slope


@NatureFly , sounds like you have the right idea.

I concur completely with @Nealtw @SPS-1 and @hidden 1 ; take the time to do it carefully. The more you can do without pumps, and other fallible hardware (that fails at the worst time) the better off you'll be.

Pickaxes can be your friend. Sometimes it takes a while to hack through really hard dirt.

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@Nealtw , @SPS-1 , @Hidden 1 , @DoomsDave

Thanks to all for the advice, digging starts this Sunday!

Of course, I really hope it doesn't end up not being able to dissipate in the hard clay and attracting mosquitos. Thoughts on preventing this?
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Old 09-07-2019, 06:06 AM   #18
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Just a FYI for anyone that may not know and rules for different locations may vary. ..

But in my location, when we dig any holes in the ground deeper than a small shrub bush would take, we are supposed to call 811. Because if we hit something like a buried gas line etc. we are liable for all repairs or resulting damages.
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Old 09-18-2019, 01:42 PM   #19
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What you need is a "dry well" which is a large tank under the ground and that holds the water until it can gradually percolate through the soil. Home Depot sells one from NDS that assembles in minutes. Add pea gravel around the outside of the manufactured dry well to keep it from filling with dirt over time.

Run the house gutter downspouts under the ground with solid PVC pipe to the dry well location. If water is collection from other sources then adding a French drain is a consideration but I would start with the dry well as that may be enough to correct the problem at your house.
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