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Old 02-11-2018, 12:54 PM  
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Default How to stop flooding in front yard?

Every time it rains heavily, our front yard gets flooded. No issues in the basement but we do want to do some sort of landscaping work to stop the flooding. By the way, we have lived in our house since 2000 but I don't remember if it was flooded like this from the beginning or started later. Not sure if it's relevant but right underneath the flooded area shown in the photo we have our main sewage pipe that had to be snaked and cleaned from roots every few years since we moved into the house but not lately. I am thinking that the roots are from the big maple in the photo but not sure.

So... is there some sort of minimal work that needs to be done to stop the flooding?

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Move that downspout to the other side of the yard.


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OK so I guess the idea is to remove the downspout on the right and add another one on the left as shown. Question: is it possible to patch up the existing gutter after the downspout is removed, or do I really need a new gutter? The one I have now is less than 2 years old.
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Is there enough slope to run underground drain piping from the existing down pipe to the yard away from the pounding area? Moving the downpipe to the drive may create an issue if you live in a cold climate where freeze could cause an ice rink on the drive.
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Is there enough slope to run underground drain piping from the existing down pipe to the yard away from the pounding area? Moving the downpipe to the drive may create an issue if you live in a cold climate where freeze could cause an ice rink on the drive.
Didn't think of that, thanks. I live in MD, so we definitely have below freezing temps. Unfortunately, I don't think I have enough slope in front. Of course, another option would be to break the concrete in the driveway and put an underground pipe there but it would be much more expensive. Do you see any other options? For example, is it possible to do anything to the soil or whatever is below it, for it to absorb water better. As I said in my OP, my recollection was that flooding was not as bad when we bought the house. Does it mean that something changed in the ground sicne then?

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All the water from the front half of the 2 story side of your house pours out on your roof from the upper gutter and then runs down the roof to the front gutter and combines with the water from the front of the single story roof.

First I don’t like water coming out sideways onto the lower roof. I would extend the route that upper gutter takes to bring it down the slope and directly into the lower gutter. Then the lower gutter just spill right into the landscaping close to the house. That is an invite to basement leaking at some point. At minimum I would extend that spout about 10’ away from the house. You may be able to direct that longer spout so it avoids the low spot.

If not then I would add a drywell or a French drain away from the house to give the water a place to collect until it can slowly be absorbed into the ground.
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Do a perk test and see f it will drain when you are blow the clay level.
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Do a perk test and see f it will drain when you are blow the clay level.
Thanks. So he talks about adding organic matter. Does it mean I would have to dig up the area that not gets flooded to clay level, add compost or mulch or whatever and then cover it with the soil I dug up? Or something different?
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Before you go to a lot of trouble, try getting some 4" corrugated pvc non perforated pipe and run from the down pipe to the side of the house away from the driveway. Looks like from one of the earlier photos that it slopes to the back. Keep as much water out of the front yard as possible...just my


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