I would appreciate some tips/advice on how to best proceed with my
My sump-pump goes off mainly in the spring and fall and occasionally
at other times depending on a heavy rain or heater, A/C activity.
The root cause is poor drainage around my house (there's a big hill in
the back) and clay in the soil just a foot deep.
A friend suggested I bury an unsightly sump pump drainage hose. I out
it off for a couple of years and now am starting the project.
Besides having an unsightly hose, the lawn area that gets the sump
discharge is ripe with every imaginable weed you could think of.
So the plan is to dig a trench, fill it with some gravel and then
place a pipe with drainage holes above the gravel, and then place more
gravel on top of the pipe and finally cover with grass.
The soil is very dry now and tough to dig. I've gone down one foot so
far and 30 feet in length (manually). I used some water yesterday to
try to soften the soil for digging. Much to my surprise and dismay,
the water dissipated everywhere except for the end of the trench,
where it's most important not to collect.
Here's where I can use some advice. I was going to end the pipe where
it is now, 30 feet from the house on an angle. But now that I see the
water collecting there, I have to alter my course.
If I take it out another 50 feet I can reach a road drain. If I did
this how would I drain the pipe into the road drain without being
obvious about it?
At what point would I change from contained pipe to pipe with holes
Any other tips/advice would be most appreciated. Eric