Landscape Drainage Help, North Coast

Danny W

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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
 

cobraboy

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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.
 

Hillbilly

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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
 

jrhartley

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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
 

Danny W

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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
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.