Drainage problem - please help

Old 07-15-08, 01:33 PM
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Drainage problem - please help

We have a drainage pipe installed around the perimeter of our house that connects to a long pipe that runs downhill the length of our yard and empties into a swampy area next to our house. Previously, the drain pipe was several inches above ground level where it emptied into the swamp. For a variety of reasons; (we recently had fill brought into our backyard to level it, the neighborhood storm drain empties into this swamp and hard rains have brought a lot of dirt from construction down into the storm drains), the swamp level seems to have risen. Now our drainage pipe is a couple of inches underwater, and surrounded by the mucky swamp. There is no way to extend the pipe to bring it above water level without doing some signfiicant digging in the swamp, which is pretty impossible to do by hand.

My Questions:

Is the fact that this drain pipe is underwater going to cause a problem with drainage from our house/ basement?

Is there anything we can do, short of digging up our whole back yard and rasing the pipe, to fix this issue to prevent a future back-up of water?

Old 07-15-08, 05:21 PM
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How about a check valve as close to your house as possible?

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