Drainage problem

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Old 05-24-08, 02:34 PM
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Drainage problem

I havea 6 1/2" space between my patio and my property wall along one side of the house, this is how the backyard drains into the front. Its filled with dirt and plants. How would I keep this semi clear to help the backyard drain? I was thinking of maybe putting 1 1/2" pvc pipe in the dirt alongside the edge of the patio. Would that help? should I screen off the end of the pipe to help it stay clear? I'm not sure if this will help, any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
I'm going to put slate tiles over the patio and am trying to help the drainage problem before I do.Thank you!
 
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Old 05-28-08, 10:06 AM
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I would definitely recommend the pipe. They make a specific drainage pipe out of pvc that you can get at lowes or wherever and they also sell a drainage pipe "sock" that goes over it to keep debree out. You could also consider maybe a drywell for your backyard to drain into. Just an idea. It's hard to understand fully without pics.

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Old 05-31-08, 04:47 PM
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Thanks so much for your help!
 
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If you have the space, consider 4" PVC. The cost is about the same, and it won't be so likely to clog.
 
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If you don't mind getting rid of the plants, the best method is to use a perforated pipe with a sock and granular material all around the sock. Any fines will just clog the sock so topsoil is a no-no. Plants roots will grow into the pipe! You can decorate the top with river stone or some other decorative material of your choice provided it is coarse.
 
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Old 06-07-08, 09:35 AM
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You may find it best to use solid pvc and have it drain into a dry well. It would probably be best to connect any downspouts that drain into the area to this pipe. Here's several different ideas.
http://www.askthebuilder.com/175_Dry...ch_Drain.shtml
http://www.gardenadvice.co.uk/howto/...d/frenchdrain/
http://www.easydigging.com/Drainage/..._soakaway.html
http://www.michaelholigan.com/depart...GNT9PBV4N9512#

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Old 06-07-08, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Newt View Post
You may find it best to use solid pvc and have it drain into a dry well. It would probably be best to connect any downspouts that drain into the area to this pipe. Here's several different ideas.
http://www.askthebuilder.com/175_Dry...ch_Drain.shtml
http://www.gardenadvice.co.uk/howto/...d/frenchdrain/
http://www.easydigging.com/Drainage/..._soakaway.html
http://www.michaelholigan.com/depart...GNT9PBV4N9512#

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I assume by dry well you mean a hole dug into the ground and filled with stone so the water goes into the voids between the stone, Newt. This may work if there is a suitable soil type around it so that the water gets away easily, otherwise you'll just create further flooding. As an example, in sandy/rocky soils that would work, just don't try it in clay soils with very low coefficients of permeability or you'll just be creating a bigger problem trying to solve a small one. Whatever method is used, you need to provide for water to get away easily, be it into a storm sewer system, a ditch, or a dry well built in the appropriate soil conditions.
 
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Old 06-07-08, 02:57 PM
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Quickcurrent, I did say "may find". That's why I gave several sites with different alternatives as I don't know what type of soil or site it is without pics. All give info on what works best in the particular situation, but your info is a good reminder that the site and soil conditions will dictate what would be best.

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