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Old 08-16-2015, 08:14 PM   #1
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Standing water harmless?


I have an area under a gravel path that is 4-5 ft away from the foundation of my house, and it gets some standing water when I get a heavy rain. I know standing water pooling against my foundation is bad, but is 4-5 feet away from the foundation something I need to worry about? If so what are my options considering it is a gravel path and needs to be walked on?
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Old 08-16-2015, 08:30 PM   #2
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Really need more details.

How much water is there in this pool?
Is the ground saturated or is it a clay?

How long does it take to evaporate?
Is this area a "dry well"?

Can you build a French drain to channel the pool away?

How about a decorative bridge built in the area, to keep your boots dry?

Need to view the situation.


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ED, it takes maybe a day to evaporate, the ground is all clay. I'd say it is a few inches over the top of the river rock on the path. French drain crossed my mind but I'm not sure it would withstand walking.. I'll try to get some pictures tomorrow.
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If you have clay, the water is not saturating the soil, and probably not getting to the foundation.

It would not be hard to make a modified drain with a catch basin in that area with an iron grate over the basin then covered with the river rock.

Although the rock might be a bit unstable until it settles into the grate a bit.

Or incorporate a decorative wooden bridge over the basin and make the rock resemble a dry stream under the bridge.

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If you have clay, the water is not saturating the soil, and probably not getting to the foundation.

It would not be hard to make a modified drain with a catch basin in that area with an iron grate over the basin then covered with the river rock.

Although the rock might be a bit unstable until it settles into the grate a bit.

Or incorporate a decorative wooden bridge over the basin and make the rock resemble a dry stream under the bridge.

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I would like to do the catch basin, and have it drain out into the front of the house (sloped to the street). Do you know if a typical catch basin can be buried under river rock? I would assume I put some landscape fabric over top to prevent debris.

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Picture shows the water towards the fence
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As long as you get a proper grating to support the rock it will hold up fine.

They do make them where cars drive often.

That is a muddy area isn't it.

It will take a lot of landscaping and digging to create a basin and dry walkway but well worth it.

It appears that water has caused much decay on the fence and gate too, so by installing a drain you are protecting the fencing too.


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Ayuh,..... Rake off yer river rocks, 'n regrade the clay base, so it drains naturally, then put the rocks back in place,....
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Thank you for the replies! Wanted to give an update and get opinions...

Yesterday I dug a small trench from the fence opening you can see, down the side yard until I hit a slope where it naturally ran down and away from the house. It completely drained the pooled area you see in the picture! Luckily the lowest point of the entire path is right there by the fence opening.

So, now I am debating whether to add a catch basin + pipe and place it in my trench, or if I should fill the whole trench with river rock and call it a day. Any opinions?
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Either one will need periodic cleaning.

The rock in the trench will be your lowest cost, and might be all you need for quite some time.

And if it is insufficient you can always install a basin later, You already have a beginning trench dug by now.


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So, now I am debating whether to add a catch basin + pipe and place it in my trench, or if I should fill the whole trench with river rock and call it a day. Any opinions?
Ayuh,.... Neither,.... Throw some grass seed on it, 'n be Happy,....

If yer "Trench" isn't walkable/ mowable,....

Widen it into a swale,....
It'll do the same job, 'n you'll barely know it's there,....
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