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Old 04-12-2015, 01:35 PM
 
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Our sump pump discharges onto the lawn through a pop-up emitter. However, the ground gets quite soggy around the emitter this time of year. We were thinking about installing a dry well (basically a pit to disperse the water vs. having it flow onto the lawn). Wondering if anyone has had luck with this or another approach?

Thx for any recos
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Old 04-12-2015, 03:25 PM
 
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That's an option but what about a french drain to channel water away from house?-
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Old 04-12-2015, 03:53 PM
 
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Default Freezing not good for "dry well"....

Flamdiddle's solution is generally superior in our climate.

Longer runs of perforated PVC can be laid out so water "weeps out" into a more widely distributed area.
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Old 04-13-2015, 07:40 AM
 
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I also have this problem, but instead of a buried outlet my sump discharges above grade and flows across my lawn, down to the sidewalk, and creates a serious ice problem at certain times of year.

The perforated PVC would also have a pop-up emitter on the end of it, correct?

I'm considering this solution, but putting the drain where my sump discharge hits the lawn. The drain would be connected to a run of perforated PVC and gravel, and would have the pop-up emitter on the end. I worry that if I bury my discharge that it will too easily backup in to the house.

The big-box home stores sell all of the "kit of parts", so I'm considering doing this myself.
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Old 04-13-2015, 06:29 PM
 
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The pop-up is not really needed if you have sufficiently long run of the perforated PVC...

The situation described, where the discharge flows across the sidewalk and freezes, needs to be addressed. Ideally you can burrow under the sidewalk and have discharge that would flow over the curb into a storm sewer...
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Old 04-13-2015, 07:21 PM
 
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The big-box home stores sell all of the "kit of parts", so I'm considering doing this myself.
Tempting to save money, but I've learned there are some things better left to the pros. I decided to take the DIY route with my drainage issue. Didn't seem like that big of a deal and I figured we'd have it done in a weekend. A month later... we finally finished. At one point, I was up to my shoulders in a trench because of the grade that needed to be maintained to keep water flowing. The worst part was that I "assumed" I remembered where the power line was located. I left a friend digging while I went to Home Depot to pick up a pick axe. When I returned, he says, hey, I found your power line! Number one, I was glad he was still alive, number two, he luckily did not cut into the line. Anyway, the pipe didn't have enough capacity so I ended up hiring someone to redo it and I had them more than double the capacity. Working like a champ now.
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