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barric
Dry well

I have a problem with flooding in the spring and heavy rains in the summer in my backyard due to water coming from underground streams emanating from my neighbors yard. I would like to construct a dry well to capture the water before it reaches the landscaped part of my back yard. I've found very little information on how to construct a dry well. Does anyone have any information or links to websites where I could find out information regarding dry wells?

Dobbs
Re: Dry well

Be advised that sometimes a dry well is not the answer to yard flooding---it depends on how much water you're getting & why---and if you have recourse to divert the water into runoff onto your street or a lower outfall---the type of soil you have is also significant---how quickly water drains (percolates) thru your soil is determined by how porous it is, how much clay it has, how much sand, etc---clay soils in particular have great difficulty percolating, and the water tends to just sit on the surface for days, if not weeks.

Take a shovel or post hole digger & dig a 2' hole in several locations & fill with water & time with a watch how long it takes for the water to drain (perc test).

You are not allowed to drain any water to an adjoining neighbor's property---and none of your neighbors are allowed to dump any water onto YOUR property.

If you're halfway down a hill, it's possible that an aquifer or artesian well is percolating water from a higher elevation and outcropping it out on your property.

Any diagram you can draw & post under photos or a description of your propety would help

The last site offers drywells for sale, but they can easily be made out of a perforated 55 gallon tank, or scrap stone/brick/mortar, etc.,either just dumped in a hole, or mortared into a drywell.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/frenchdrain
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/drywell
http://www.rd.com/familyhandyman/content/18297
http://www.thenaturalhome.com/drywellinstallation.htm

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Dry well
Dobbs wrote:

You are not allowed to drain any water to an adjoining neighbor's property---and none of your neighbors are allowed to dump any water onto YOUR property.

Some good information however the above statement is a little misleading. If it is natural water flow it is not dumping water on you.

Jack

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