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Rainwater flooding our garage

How do you suggest I approach fixing this drainage issue at the side of our garage? [more inside]
posted by davcoo on Sep 30, 2014 - 7 answers

Can i heal this dying cactus?

The house I live in was flipped and landscaped with these cactuses before we moved in. The largest one seems to be dying. It looks rotten in the center and even has some mold. I suspect the recent heavy rains and lack of good drainage. The question I have is two fold: Is it possible to fix this guy, or is he a goner? If I do replace the plant, what kind of plant is it, and how should i prevent this from happening again? Here are some pictures of the plant.
posted by jonclegg on Jun 1, 2014 - 10 answers

Rain, rain go away...

I am installing some gutters in my house. I hate gutters, but need to divert the rain water due to issues we have had with mold and moisture under our house. The gutter along the back of the house will have a single downspout. It comes to a corner where a cement patio starts and "can" drain onto that area, which has a gentle slope towards the front of the house and the street. But we are thinking about the following as alternatives plans: Using a rain barrel for collection, but I hate the black pickle barrels I see everywhere and not sure what the best options are. If we use a barrel, I would imagine it fills very quickly, like one storm would overfill a 50-60 gallon barrel? Am I completely off on that? (I live in central Los Angeles) The other option is that we are pulling out a large tree that is right where the downspout is going to be and I thought why not dig a big whole and back fill it with gravel and turn it into a leech pit, is that a crazy idea, any thoughts on the best way to do that? And lastly, do people ever run there rain water into their sewer line, is that legal? Thanks MeFites
posted by silsurf on Oct 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Basement door ruminations

We have a short (maybe 2/3, 3/4 standard height) door leading to the basement, and are contemplating making it a full-height door to have a separate entrance for a home office. Extending the door downwards seems to be the easiest option, but that will place it only a few inches above the basement floor, and I'm concerned about flooding. Is there a way to make this happen that will not increase the risk of flooding? [more inside]
posted by Behemoth on Aug 6, 2013 - 5 answers

Weepy walls = sad homeowners.

Basement drainage issues...suggestions? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Dec 5, 2012 - 9 answers

How to deal with a clogged foundation drain?

How to deal with a clogged foundation drain that's flooding my alley? [more inside]
posted by zvs on May 21, 2012 - 9 answers

it ain't no trick to get rich quick if you dig dig dig with a shovel or a pick

Backyard drainage/flooding issues: please help me choose an excavating contractor and get the job done right. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Mar 17, 2012 - 6 answers

How should I treat the inside of my whiskey-barrel planters?

I have two half-whiskey-barrels that I want to use as planters. How can I prevent them from rotting out in a few years? [more inside]
posted by jquinby on Feb 25, 2012 - 7 answers

The Kitchen Sink Got Everything!

My sink overflowed in the middle of the night and now I'm trying to figure out how to clean it up (and prevent it from happening again). [more inside]
posted by Strang on Apr 20, 2010 - 9 answers

Can a cherry tree survive in North Carolina clay?

New tree planted in clay with poor drainage. Can it / should it be saved? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on Sep 23, 2009 - 8 answers

Keeping a patio clean from above balcony

How do I keep my 1st floor patio clean/dry while being able to spray clean an overhead balcony? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Apr 20, 2009 - 6 answers

Neighbor impeding water runoff

How do I approach a business owner whose work on his adjoining property is causing excess water to pool on our lawn? . . . details inside. . . [more inside]
posted by tronec on Mar 31, 2009 - 6 answers

Building raised beds on asphault

Building a raised garden bed on an asphault driveway. What about drainage? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Mar 19, 2009 - 8 answers

Measuring relative heights of two points that are far away from each other is hard

How can I figure out the difference in height between where my sump pump outlet sits at my house to where I want it to drain so I can assure gravity is helping it drain? [more inside]
posted by cmm on Mar 15, 2009 - 8 answers

Shade-tolerant plant that will prevent bank erosion?

Looking for a shade-tolerant plant that will prevent bank erosion that I can grow in North Carolina's triangle region. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Nov 5, 2008 - 3 answers

Swamp thing/you make my heart sing

Home Drainage Filter: What can I do about a corner of my yard that develops standing water for ~36 hours after a good rain? [more inside]
posted by hecho de la basura on Apr 7, 2008 - 14 answers

How to fix an ailing sump pump?

SumpPumpFilter: Is my sump pump incorrectly installed? The pump runs periodically when it's wet in the basement, and the water seems to run back in the sump pump bucket immediately after the pump runs. [more inside]
posted by Xazeru on Mar 26, 2007 - 4 answers

Can I use brick chunks instead of gravel for drainage?

Can I use broken chunks of brick in place of gravel for landscape drainage? I don't have access to gravel right now but I have some old bricks and I need to make a small ditch next to a house drain well. [more inside]
posted by cda on Sep 28, 2006 - 3 answers

How can I make my kitchen sink drain fully?

How to fix the drain of my kitchen sink? [more inside]
posted by Brian James on Sep 26, 2006 - 4 answers

Sewer gas smell in the basement?

SewerGasFilter. Help![+] [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius on Jan 29, 2005 - 8 answers

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