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    Default Landscape Drainage Help, North Coast

    I have drainage problem in my back yard. I believe I need what they call a "french drain" or some other method to divert water from my new swimming pool. I had assumed that the proper drainage would have been incorporated into the design, but the first torrential downpour resulted in disaster.

    I can probably do it myself, but would prefer to have it done right by a professional. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny W View Post
    I have drainage problem in my back yard. I believe I need what they call a "french drain" or some other method to divert water from my new swimming pool. I had assumed that the proper drainage would have been incorporated into the design, but the first torrential downpour resulted in disaster.

    I can probably do it myself, but would prefer to have it done right by a professional. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

    thanks,
    -D
    A shovel, some drainpipe and a downward slop is all you need for a French Drain.

    Very simple.

    PM Chip. He's a civil engineer.

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    I am assuming that your pool is a tiny bit higher than the surrounding area?

    -get a metal tape measure, a pick and shovel and a wheelbarrow.
    -Start a few feet from the pool going away and dig down about a meter for the first two meter of length, then a meter 10, then a meter 20.
    -Line the bottom half of the trench with stones and fill it in...

    Or, Ask Chip, he's an engineer.

    HB

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    do you have any pictures of the area in question- when it rains hard here no drainage will cope with it and the water just washes over the entire area- maybe a small wall is needed to divert the runoff or gutters on the house if the majority is coming off the roof

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrhartley View Post
    do you have any pictures of the area in question- when it rains hard here no drainage will cope with it and the water just washes over the entire area- maybe a small wall is needed to divert the runoff or gutters on the house if the majority is coming off the roof
    There is a wall. The problem is that the water comes off the roof like a fire hose in 2 places. I think that 2 french drains are the way to go, as gutters will not handle the volume of water in these 2 places.

    I really would like a pro to eyeball it so I can get it done once and for all. I am in New York, so I am often at the mercy of others. It's too bad I'm dealing with this after the fact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobraboy View Post
    A shovel, some drainpipe and a downward slop is all you need for a French Drain.

    Very simple.

    PM Chip. He's a civil engineer.
    Who is Chip?

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    Where is the property?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Dog View Post
    Where is the property?
    Escondido Bay, Sosua.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny W View Post
    Who is Chip?
    http://www.dr1.com/forums/members/chip.html

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