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Old 04-01-2018, 12:19 AM   #1
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My backyard fills up just a bit in some areas when it rains. Can i just dig a pit and fill it with pea gravel without pipes routing the water elsewhere? Would that work?
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It might. Depends on the soil underneath. You need to do a perk test to see if it would drain sufficiently.
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Old 04-01-2018, 01:23 AM   #3
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Soil has some clayd in it, probably 30% .How deep do i have to dig and do i need to wrap the gravels in yard fabric. My plan is to dig a pit, fill it with the gravels and cover it up with the extracted soils.

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Just me, and if the property allows it...before I would do all that digging and rock purchase/labor. I would order some top soil and have it dumped somewhere in the yard. Wheelbarrow it to the holes and then grade it to pitch the water away. Seed it, grow it, mow it and not have to worry about the heavy rains that will overwhelm any ...gravel in a pit fix. JMO
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Nope,..... Not just you,.....

Regradin' is a much better answer,....
A huge hole in the ground, fulla rocks is still gonna fill up with water,....
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How often the yard fills with water will give you a good idea of how effective a pit would be. I agree with trying regrading first.
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Regrading is a great idea, but that would mean i have to do it on a grander scale because i have 12"x12" pavers cover 90% of my yard. Beside where would i grade it to? The drain hole to the street is in an odd location that requires water to make a 90 degree turn to get to.
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May I suggest a drywell called Flo-well sold at Home Depot?

https://www.homedepot.com/p/NDS-24-i...AS24/100377387
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Amazing how pictures help............
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A drywell will collect the water but you still have to have reasonable soil porosity or attach weeping tiles to drain it away. If the water ponds and doesn't disappear in a reasonable time then your soil is either not very porous or already saturated. I vote for re-grading. We're making assumptions here because we can't see what you see.
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I agree that the soil has to be able to handle the water. Keep in mind that there will be more time for that to happen since the drywell will be underground & should be surrounded with gravel. Don't get me wrong. I'm all for proper grading.
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Regrading is a great idea, but that would mean i have to do it on a grander scale because i have 12"x12" pavers cover 90% of my yard. Beside where would i grade it to? The drain hole to the street is in an odd location that requires water to make a 90 degree turn to get to.
That could be part of the problem right there.
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Ayuh,..... Where ever, Downhill is,......
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Good one Bondo,

But the OP may have a yard like my home does, a yard that has no "downhill" basically. The idiot builder in 1959 cut down a existing sloping lot almost level with the street, dug a crawl space on it and then built this house on it.

It sits on a foundation of cinder blocks that should have come up 2 more rows, with just one of those needed rows of block....JUST to get it up even with the grass.
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If there is no downhill, follow what I said in post #8.
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