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poor, poor drainage!!!!

We live in a rural area and have just less than an acre of land. We have a septic system and gray water system as well. We live at the top of a hill where everyone complains about drainage. When it rains, the water stays. The ground will remain soggy long after the rain falls. We also get a "lake" in our backyard. In fact in the winters the "lake" freezes over and our children skate on it. Now that it is not freezing over, with young children always wanting to go outside and play it has become difficult. We tried to create a natural swale that cuts across our entire backyard this fall, which it's not big enough and apparently not done correctly. What can we do??? Please help! We've had quotes from companies wanting to charge us 6-8 grand to put dry wells and pipes leading to the front yard. Is this our only hope?

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Pictures? Can't make any suggestions without knowing the area a bit better. Is there any direction at all the drainage could be cut to? Maybe perhaps bringing in a bit of dirt and raising the low spot, but be careful not to push the water problem toward the foundation.

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I tried to cut & paste pictures, but couldn't figure out how on this site. We have a natural swale on the side of the house. We created a swale leading to that. I think the one we created has to go deeper in order to possibly work, unfortunately, that would mean we have a ditch cutting across our entire back yard-nice for twisted ankles. We have discussed putting soil on top, but are afraid it would create a bigger mess.

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