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Old 07-19-2017, 11:08 PM   #1
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Newly paved driveway question


Hey everybody,

I have a garden/driveway drainage question.

My mutual driveway has just been paved, however now the drive is higher than the grass in my backyard. Will this create a drainage problem?

1.Will rain pool on the grass and not go down driveway. And then it possibly reach the house foundation?

2. Will rain from the driveway start going on to grass?

Btw I plan to run the garden hose on the drive to see where the water runs.

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Water tends to run to the lowest point. A lot depends on how the driveway is sloped. Water running onto the lawn might not be a bad thing, a lot depends on how well the ground percs.
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Better to have the water on the grass than on the asphalt. Or up against the house foundation.
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Unless they were notified of some strange condition... (or some strange condition existed).... they will have given a positive slope away from the home.

Try the hose.... we can't tell.
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Thanks for all the replies.

Luckily it rained today and I took some images.

The water was running down the middle of the drive from the eaves trough like a champ. Just further down out of sight.
But there was some water seeping onto the grass and creating a pool of water. It is about 6 feet away from the foundation.

I guess I could add soil and make the grass higher by the lattice so the water pools further away from the house. I must say I am not a fan of the higher driveway. Unless I get rid if the grass and put some stones.
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It all sounds good to me, if the water pooling ion the grass is a problem a pit full of gravel below the grass could help but that's another thread.
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Ayuh,.... As a blacktopper,....

Yes, gettin' the water away from the house is concern #1,....
Gettin' the water off the blacktop is concern #2,....

Lawn drainage issues are a separate issue to be dealt with,....
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Hey Bondo,

So are you saying essentially the high pavement is a poblem? So I should repave that part of the driveway so the angle is higher and water doesn't go into the lawn ?

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I assume you got a topcoat on the drive way. What you are looking at is normal. A driveway is not supposed to act as a gutter. If the high edge bothers you, get some topsoil.
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Hi ZTMAN, thank you for your reply.

They excavated the old asphalt put some crushed stones then paved it.
They actually created a reverse crown so the drive is essentially a gutter, except for my side at one point where its graded toward the grass. The high edge doesn't bother me but having water pool so close to the house foundation and deck foundation concerns me. But If you say If I add more topsoil and i'm good then
I'm glad it can be fixed. But I guess thats another thread.

Thanks for your input.
Cheers,

I guess I have to regrade and resoil the lawn.

Thanks again,
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I guess I have to regrade and resoil the lawn.
Ayuh,..... Probably not the whole lawn, just dig a swale so the water can drain, 'n reseed it,....

Put the soils removed up against the tall edge of the blacktop to support it, just stay below the top of the asphalt,....
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Hey Bondo,

So I should create a swale that runs towards the garage so the water pools away from the house and then drains down the driveway? Fyi the back grass is only 10-11 feet wide before It hits the neighbours fence.
What you can't see is past the garage is there is a garden and the soil angles down towards the garage slightly.

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What you can't see is past the
Ayuh,..... Ideally, you'd swale the water Away to the ocean eventually,....

Yer yard, drains to Somewhere,....
The easy answer is to swale the water to where it really wants to go, which is Always, Downhill,...

If it pitches to a garden, that's Great unless it floods the garden,...
If it pitches under the fence, so be it, it's the natural flow of the lay of the land,....

I can't see it, 'n donno how it could flow up onto, 'n out the driveway,....
Is it Downhill,..??
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The only downhill is the driveway, unfortunately. Which is its 5 inches too high thanks to the paving company. So I guess I'm just going to raise the soil so the water pools further away from the house i guess.
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