Driveway drainage ideas
So in my new house the driveway drainage sucks. I have a...
Sideways garage.... And the driveway is not very sloped.. At all.. Water piles up on the left side and it gets really annoying as I like to park there but in always getting out in a puddle. Attachment 358587
I have a huge lake in the backyard which would be great for drainage, but I just don't see that as practical. But then again... There's really not much of a way to get it into the street with the curb... Soo.... Any ideas? I'd rather not mess with pipe but I also don't want it to look like trash...
If I could get it to flow over the curb do you think some of these slatty looking things on the side of the driveway would work (after I dig a trench) Attachment 358588
Driveway drainage ideas
The slatty looking thing is the cover for a PVC U-shaped drainage pipe. I have exactly that on my driveway near the garage because the driveway slopes down to the garage and there was no other way to get rid of the water. The U-pipe connects to the house rain gutter drain system.
If water is standing on the driveway because the lawn is blocking it like a dam, this drain might help along the edge. If the water is standing on the driveway solely due to the driveway being flat or even bowl-shaped, the system probably won't help much.
Nah it goes to the left side kinda as seen in picture, but doesn't have much motivation to move towards the street..
I was thinking if I got that grating.. Would I need cement under it or this u shaped pipe you speak of.
And yes it is 99% the lawn that blocks it.
Driveway drainage ideas
http://ltecdrains.com/. You dig a trench, hopefully sloping in the right direction, lay the sections of U-pipe, put on the grate covers. LTEC is expensive because it's steel.
Plastic type: http://www.amazon.com/Fernco-Trench-Driveway-Channel-3-Pack/dp/B000IK2CZI
How about replace 12" of grass along the driveway with a decorative rock border/drain?
Peel back your grass, dig out some dirt in a v shape with slope toward the road, put grass back. Your problem is that the grass is higher up than your driveway and acts like curb. I design drainage for a living.
Ps, your house probably should have been about a foot higher out of the ground so you could have more slope away from it, but it isn't a big deal.
Funny thing is I'm higher than my neighbor and they have no problem..
Considering a French drain... Just not sure what to do when I get to sidewalk... Maybe that's all I need.. I do know how to put PVC under sidewalk, but is have to check neighborhood restrictions first
Looking at it on my computer now and not on my phone, it looks like that side of the driveway sunk. There shouldn't be a low point there, it should all drain toward the road. Also, I stick to my earlier comment that the entire problem is that there is too much topsoil and it makes the grass stick up higher than the driveway. Topsoil should be even with the top of the concrete. You should be able to fix the problem by taking some of the topsoil out and creating a swale going toward the road. There is no need for pipes, or french drains ect.
Did the seller disclose the problem before the sale of the house?
If not, they should cover the cost.
The driveway is also not built to code.
Contact the bulding department at city hall to check up on that.
Did you get a home inspection? I'd follow up on that as well.
Is it a NEW house, or a new TO YOU house? When I was a Realtor, and I sold a new construction house, this would have been an issue for the contractor. If this thing is new, get his sorry butt on the phone and get him to your house to take care of it. That is a shoddy driveway at best. Have HIM fix it. Raise hell at the Realtor and she will get the ball rolling for you.
And what Stumbo said.
I took a closer look at your picture of the driveway. To me, it looks like the grass has been allowed to grow to thick. Too much thatch so it's gotten a lot thicker. I have same grass and mine is kept even with the drive way and sidewalk.
Seems like the too thick grass is not letting the water drain into it. Seems to me if you had the all grass on both sides of the driveway dethatched (there's a machine for this) it would take a lot of the height out of it.
Those slotted drains, as far as I know, are called French drains and are made to be set onto a concrete "trench" and can be drive over by a car. I don't really know how well they'll work set into the dirt.
Seems to me that a bit more investigation needs to be done, including getting a couple of contractors out to assess the situation and provide some bids. It may be more complex than you think it is.
Also get a landscaper out there as well and give an estimate on your grass and possibly they could do the drain work as well.
And when you say you have a "huge lake" in your backyard, does your backyard drain poorly as well?
I'd also get a seamless gutter contractor out for an estimate as well. Possibly better control and direction of the water coming off your roof could help with what ends up on your drive way.
New house new grass, yes the sod is a little too high.
1. There's other types of French drains.
2. I didn't think it was that serious.
3. Yes backyard has great drainage
I had a similar problem in the back of my house that I recently had fixed. I had a landscaper connect PVC to the downspout and then ran it underground to a drain box that is away from the house. I don't have that problem anymore. Also, I had a lot of similar issues in other areas around the house that was related to gutters that were not pitched properly. I had all my gutters replaced last year with leaf guards put in. These things seem to have solved the vast majority of my issues.
Grading and drainage is equal parts science and art form. I have spent years correcting drainage problems around my old house. Your problem sounds like an easy fix.
2 things can move water; gravity and pumps.
If you get a sump pump it will last a few years and you won't know it failed until the next flood. If you can handle an oops flood every 5 to 10 years you could try the pump.
If you don't have enough slope to drain the water to the road you can do 2 things. One, you can install pipes to direct the water to the (presumably lower) back side of the house and let it drain into the lake. Two, you can install a french drain beside the driveway where the water pools. A french drain is basically a trench filled with rocks that provides a low place for the water to run into and then soak into the soil. They can be done several ways. Sometimes at the bottom they have a pipe filled with holes to keep the drain from getting clogged, then that's covered with rocks. You have to keep the grass edged away from it, though, or the roots will clog it.
The cover with the slats pictured is usually over a channel drain, which is a half-pipe or concrete trench used to "channel" water to a lower point. If there's no natural slope this could be a problem for a channel drain. Only your contractor knows for sure.
Rain gutters on the eaves can help a lot too. All the water coming off the roof doesn't have to land in the driveway. You have a valley in your roof directing water off of 2 big planes right in front of your door. Guttering that flow out of the way may be all you need.
It's not just the inconvenience of stepping in a puddle that matters. Water is the enemy of houses. Preventing water puddling against the house is absolutely necessary. Any money spent on this will be well worth it when you don't get rot and termites.
Also if you have water pooling up in the lawn it will favor certain weeds (eg. dollar weed) which can kill off the grass in that area.
Not a drainage issue but while we're on the topic of water, most builders don't paint the ground-facing edge of the siding. Water hits the ground and splashes up, soaking into the siding through that edge (especially that T-111 stuff). Take a small roller and just paint that edge to prevent spending thousands of dollars replacing your siding some years down the road.
Regrade the lawn into an inverted cone (like the floor of a shower stall) with a french drain in the middle if you have to.
My contractor told me the topsoil should be 3" below the concrete. It helps to have your lawn dethatched every year and also to mow regularly so the grass grows low and thatch doesn't build up in the first place.
As a homeowner water is your mortal enemy.
Gutters will help a lot- especially the roofline above the garage and the line that runs over the AC unit.
You're getting a ton of roof runoff from both of those spots. Rain is running right off the garage and across the driveway to pile up on the left side, which is getting flushed by the other runoff from the AC side (don't know what else to call it) that is running through the landscape bed down onto the left side of the driveway. This may not completely solve the issue but it will help immensely.
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