Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: North MO
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Wet Spot Drainage!
Several years ago, before we bought the ground behind us, a new sewer line was buried through the back yard. For those who don't know, these pipes are set in gravel then back-filled with dirt. Our property being on the lower end, water (& yes, other stuff) runs down hill. After we had the ground for a while, a seep started in the back yard about 40' from the property line. The ground water was coming up through a crawdad (Crayfish) hole. I mowed around it for the first year, then dug a trench from the seep to the edge of the grass. I stuck a 1-1/2" PVC pipe into the crawdad hole, elbowed it to a sunken oil drain pan & surrounded the pan with rocks. This runs water in all but the driest conditions.
This Spring, it started seeping again in the yard, so I dug it up today, cut the elbow off the pipe, made a "sump" from a 5 gallon bucket W/lid. Drilled 1/2" holes through the bucket every 4", wrapped the bucket with some old air conditioner filter material to keep the dirt out & slid it over the drain pipe. The "sump" was then surrounded with coarse gravel & buried about 6" under ground.
The previous set-up lasted 5 years+, hopefully this one will last longer! ~~ grnspot
JD; 1953-40 (Standard), 80-314, 93-755 w/60" deck, 2004-790 w/300 loader, 2000-F725 mower, 2007 "TS" Gator and too many attachments to list. , 1980-2418 Power King & 1980-4x8 Snowco Trailer