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Back Yard Drainage

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Pauline McCarty

on 22 April 2014

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Transcript of Back Yard Drainage

Questions?
The Swamp Yard
Problem Analysis
Possible Solutions
Currently Being done?
Nothing
Efforts focused on house renovation

Harms?
Leak
Muddy Dog = Muddy House
No reno in basement
Causes?
Positioned at bottom of hill
Neighborhood runoff flows into yard
Flow Rate in > Flow Rate out = Large Pool of water
Flat yard

$1.25
Monday, February 17, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Problem Description
The Beginning
Criteria for Judgement
Bought foreclosure house Aug 2012
Aug -Jan:
Major Renovation
Sept
Noticed drainage issue in yard
Mar - May
Large pool accumulated in yard
Small leak in foundation
Cost:
How much will the solution cost?
Tight budget after house renovations

Legal and Ethical:
Is the solution legal and ethical?
City codes
No negative impact on the city, neighbors, or future owners


Satisfaction:
Does the solution satisfy our needs?
Enjoy the basement as a living space
Eliminated Muddy Dog issue
Backyard Drainage
Do Nothing
Foundation Leaks <5 times/ yr
Not Renovate Basement
3 bedroom, 1 bathroom
Leak doesn't impact daily life
Add soil to create large slope away from house
Add and remove soil to create slope throughout yard w/ small dozer
Increase movement of water
Flow in <=Flow out
Re-Grade Yard
French Drain
Dig sloped trench with excavator
Add rock and drain
Top with soil and grass
Water would enter pipe, flow through system and exit at sewer system
Evaluation and Final Selection
Do Nothing
Cost:
No upfront cost
Potential to lower lower resale value
Legal / Ethical:
No Legal issue
Unethical to not share leak with future buyers
Satisfaction
Low
Could lead to moving sooner than planned
Re-Grade Yard
French Drain
Cost:
Same
L&E:
Same
Satisfaction:
Fix leak
Eliminate Pool
Satisfaction:
Less labor to execute
No change in topography of yard
Satisfaction:
More time and labor to execute
Sloped yard
cutting grass
overall use
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