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Drainage Solutions

By: Danny Lipford

All of our landscapes need rain, and yet often it creates as many problems as it solves. The runoff from our roofs often destroys our flowerbeds. Instead of simply letting downspouts dump water into the garden, consider installing drainage grates underground to receive the runoff and carry it away to safer areas. The grates can be removed for cleaning from time to time.


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    Thomas Boni Says:
    May 9th, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Hi, Rosie,
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  • Rosie & Gene Motzer Says:
    April 24th, 2019 at 3:10 am

    We have ground water coming into our basement, where the walls meet the floor, gallons of water daily. How can we stop it?

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    Thomas Says:
    March 1st, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Hi, Margo!
    We provide questions to Danny on a weekly basis. Like the website says, we’re not able to answer every question due to the high volume of mail we receive, but we sure do our best. 🙂 Thanks so very much for watching, and for visiting

  • Margo Says:
    February 28th, 2018 at 6:50 am

    I see the questions but where are the answers

  • greg may Says:
    December 7th, 2009 at 7:26 am

    the problem I have is similiar to the one david flott has but I was thinking of having a retaing wall in front of the house where there is dropoff sloped down about 2 1/2 ft. The main problem is my electric and water and telephone line come right to the front corner of the house which is where most of the water gets under the house. I’m afraid if I dig down too far then these will be exposed. I’m not so worried about the electric and telephone lines but my water line freezing in the winter. Any ideas would be appreciated. Oh by the way the frost line here is about 18 inches which is about how deep these lines are. greg may

  • David Flott Says:
    September 23rd, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    I have a drainage problem. My lot slopes
    toward the front of my house, causing my
    porch to flood. I have trenched a small area in front of the house, but am afraid that this may cause the water to seep under the slab. I need advice.

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Drainage Solutions