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Old 06-02-2017, 12:02 PM   #1
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Standing water in backyard....is my plan okay?


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Okay, the issues i'm having is standing water and muddy soil throughout my backyard, making it unusable. I've included photos below that show my yard, as well as my preliminary plan to solve it. The photos start looking straight out my back porch, and pan to the right. The areas in red are my concern right now:

The area in red here is consistantly muddy and holds some water at times. The water will dry up, but it will stay muddy.


Same issue as the last photo, stays muddy in the red area:


The area in red here is constantly under water:


The place in red in this photo is the worst spot in the yard. Water has essentially dug a hole under my fence in two places that are a foot deep or so, and it's constantly under water here. This is where i want to install my sump pump basin and collect all the water to pump to the street (which is slightly uphill from this location):


Here is my plan - The green circle is the basin w/ sump pump. Green line is pvc pumping water to the street. Black line is either corrugated 4" flexible piping or solid (i need help deciding which to use here) - the blue square is a catch basin for water to flow into from further up the yard.


Does this plan sound okay to clear up my muddy/standing water yard issues? should I use corrugated or solid flexible 4" piping for the job? I greatly appreciate any help i can get here!

Edit* -- There is supposed to be blue boxes in the red areas of concern through the plan, where the water will actually collect into the drainage system

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You need to check with the City to make sure they allow discharge to the street. Your building department should be able to tell you the rules.
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You need to check with the City to make sure they allow discharge to the street. Your building department should be able to tell you the rules.
They do, i've already "planned" this several times over the years, just haven't pulled the trigger until now, and the neighbor has a sump pump in his basement that pumps out to the street.
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Good that the city allows you to discharge waste water in the street.

Corrugated pipe will trap mud, debris, and other detritus, and constantly be plugged up.

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Good that the city allows you to discharge waste water in the street.

Corrugated pipe will trap mud, debris, and other detritus, and constantly be plugged up.

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Okay, so should I add more catch basins to the diagram since it's the only way the water can flow into the system if i dont use corrugated pipe?
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I'm not surprised the municipality allows water to be discharged to the street since they obviously approved a plan of subdivision that pretty much guaranteed its necessity.

My first thought would be to recommend corrugated poly drainage pipe with a filter cloth, but I have seen a lot of debate on this site pro and con and can't offer a definitive backing for my preference (that' what if used for perimeter weeping tile drainage around here. If you have every seen a farm field being 'tiled', they use unwrapped poly pipe. Perhaps I'm missing something.
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I'm still thinking on the problem, one observation is that you are in a basin in itself.

Is there a way to get the neighbors to help in controlling their runoff?

Maybe a lot of HUGE perforated weeping pipe system, at the property line to catch and divert the runoff to some of your catch basins to be pumped out to the street to flow away into a storm drain.

It does look to me like the sub-division designer made mistakes in the plats.


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You need to check with your local building officials and see what the original plan for the subdivision was in regards to controlling water runoff. I'm betting that how it is graded is not like the plan shows. Since parts of the subdivision are still under construction because we see houses still being built in the photos, the drainage problems may fall back to the developer to come up with the best solution.
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