Diverting water around back of of house— help me.

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Downgrade causes water to settle on driveway and at foundation back of house.

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  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Jan 05, 2018
    You have the wrong pitch (downward flow of water). Bring the pitch up near the house, and make a gutter to flow downward. That should bring the water away from the house.
  • DesertRose DesertRose on Jan 05, 2018
    You might need to install a french drain that you can purchase at your local home improvement store. We did this to divert water around our garage in Tennessee where it can rain a lot. Dig a trench about a foot deep. Put gravel in to cover the bottom, lay the french drain, and cover over with gravel. Then cover back with the fill dirt. Be sure the end farthest from the house is lower than where the french drain starts out by the foundation. We did this and diverted all that rain water into our orchard of 5 fruit trees. It was downhill enough the drain was left open at the end to allow the water to flood the trees. Hope this helps. IF you decide to do a french drain, talk to your local home improvement center people and get to know them. They love to help and are often full of experience to share, esp. the managers or older folks. They can be a great help!
  • Mary Mary on Jan 05, 2018
    Option 1
    I would get a couple of professional opinions about what exactly they would do, sizes of drainpipes, what They would do to seal the foundation once it’s exposed, lots of questions. It‘s very Important to know if there is foundation damage That will need repair while you have the area open. If you have the tools and helpers to do it then tackle it when there is likely to be a dry spell in case it takes longer than expected or you run into addional work. It’s heavy work but not difficult. consider planting some bushes well away from the foundation along the path of the water to soak it up before it reaches he house. Maybe a nice tree. Good luck.
    Option 2
    Dig a fake river bed deep enough to divert the water away from the house and along side the driveway. Put one, or several, of those pvc pipes with drainage holes in the bottom, and fill with lovely river rocks, and stepping stones. The pipes should connect or they will quickly fill with dirt and be useless. As the other person suggested, build up the pitch near the house and be sure to dig deep enough to accommodate the pipe. Protect the foundation from the sitting water and again assess whether he foundation needs repairs before closing up the project. It will be lovely and you can do this.
  • Leah Leah on Jan 07, 2018
    My husband put in french drains. He worked in putting in gas lines at that ime, so it was easy for him. Probably find a video on net, or hire a professional. You dig a small trench, you can rent a trencher, around property. Then add gravel, pipe, drains at backback. Water just poors out openings in front yard near ditch after a rain.
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