Should I get a specialized drainage sub or let the concrete guy do the job?
Building a basement in the Bay Area. Should I use a specialized drainage contractor (very expensive), or let my concrete sub do the job? Is it really that hard to do drainage of a basement? It seems to me like a hole with gravel and a pipe. Why does it cost over 30K to do?
Question answered by s. k
Drainage dude -- You got one chance to get it right. And, by the way get serious about the exterior membrane on basement walls. Plus get it backfilled and compacted properly. Water ain't pretty in a finished basement.
What type of contractor generally does french drain work?
I need to have a new water drainage pipe place from the side of my home to our woodline. This seems so simple, but there is an asphalt driveway I have to go under. So I'm not sure if I want to do it myself or not.
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In general you would want to call a landscaper to do this. I have been in the landscape industry for 30 years and most landscapers will know how to get it right.
Here is the process I would reccoment to you on how to build it yourself or what to watch for if you hire outside help.
Not knowing what kind of soil you have around your home here is a step by step process to follow.
You should measure the lenght of the total run (in feet) from the start of the drain to the very end of it. This will tell you how long the pie run will be and help you with the depth of the trench that is needed. You do this because to acheive a minimal angle on the pipe for postive drainage is 1 %.
So for every 8' of length you will need to drop the depth of the trench 1", for postive drainage. ( I will get back to this).
I would reccomend using at least 3" -4" pvc drainage pipe. Home depot, lowes etc have this type of pvc pipe. Do not buy sch 40 pvc as it is expensive and an over kill.
ok to start the trench it, will have to be at least 10" wide preferably 12" wide. You start the high end of the trench at 8" below the soil grade and for every 8' of trench you have to didg the trench 1" deeper for every 8' length of the trench, to acheive positive drainage. I.E. if you have a run of lets say 100' your trench will start at 8" below the existing grade and by the time the trench is at 100' length your debth will be 12"- 14" depth. Now you mention that you have an asphalt drive way to go under. You will have to saw cut out a 12" wide cut in the asphalt so that you can dig out the trench to the correct depth at that point.remember you do not want any section of the pipe to have up's and downs in it, because if you do it will creat back pressure and will have to hydralicly have to push the water at that point. (trick here,, when done with the cut and removal of the existing asphalt, you can repair it back with concrete and the trick hers is to mix the concrete with alot of lamp black color again avail. from home depot, so that the concrete will look like asphalt in color so it will not be as noticeble. You will have to use alot of lamp black powder to acheive this.
Ok now you have your trench dug and you are now ready for the next step. Make sure that when you purchase your 3" or 4" drain pipe, that you purchase the kind that has factory holes in it, as this is the only kind of drain pipe you can use for a french drain system.
You will first need to lay a layer of 3/4" gravel in the trench about 2- to 3" in depth, the entire length of the trench. Next you will install the drain pipe with the holes facing the bottom of the trench. If you face the holes of the pipe to the sky, your sysytem will not work. it is also important to start the first pipe with the connector or coupling facing down stream ,as this will aloow the water to run smotther when passing by a connection.
After you have installed the entire run of gravel and drain pipe, you must take plastic that comes from rolls and cover up the top of the pipe in the trench.The reason you do this is because if at this popint you just backfill the trench with soile witout the plastic to cover the pipe, it will contaminate the system and it will not be long before you have problems with mud getting in to the pipe and causing dams and and obstructions that will slow down the water or make the system totallly useless.
If you follow this process your system will last for many decades, and your drainage problems will be solved.
Hope this helps and good luck.
Who do i call to help me with yard drainage problems?
yard is not draining properly. rain water is ending up in my crawl space under the house. who do i call to install a drainage system?
Question answered by julz
We do that. Look under Landscape contractors in the phone book. It'll be a lot cheaper than a plumber.
my contractor is doing a sloppy job and does not want to fix the tasks in back yard. What I am going to do?
the concrete color is not what we choose, pebble not even, and 2 obvious big holes in the middle of grass that he said needed for drainage. It is a nightmare; we trust his picture that show a good job. What happened to those good works? I will appreciate it if some one knows how to handle it
Question answered by Gypsydayne
You need to contact your local Better Business Bureau. You may have to call the State Better Business Bureau & you can file a complaint against the contractor. You can also find out if the contractor has any previous "bad" jobs. I hope that you had a written contract with this contractor & that EVERYTHING was down in writing (colors, etc.) Whatever you do, DO NOT PAY unless you are satisfied. Tell the contractor that until he fixes what is wrong that you're not paying for a job done sloppy & incorrectly & that you're contacting the Better Business Bureau. The contractor can put a Mechanic's Lien against your home (which can't be enforced unless your home is sold). As long as you have a written contract that specified the color & you have proof he did a crappy job, you're in the right & he's in the wrong.
How much should I expect to pay for a French drain to be installed in my back yard?
There is a strom drain in the yard. Because of the slope and clay soil, water collects. How much should I expect to pay a contractor? I don't want to get cheated.
Also, should they be expected to handle the permits, etc?
Question answered by Tomato
Get bids from several drainage contractors .
Make sure your contractor is reliable, check with the BBB, for one, also talk with other friends and relatives who may have had the same problem. Deal with established, experienced companies with a creditable history in that industry.
Hope your work goes well.
How hard could it be to build a retaining wall?
I get all sorts of crazy quotes from contractors to build a retaining wall. How hard is it really to build a durable, attractive and cost effective wall?
Yahoo Answer's Alex Trebec
Question answered by Jared M
Like the others have said, it really depends on how high of a wall you need and the contours of your yard. Assuming you're at least somewhat handy and capable, building a 3' or shorter wall isn't too hard of a task. If you have steep slopes and/or want over a 3' wall then this job might not be for you - also, most cities seem to require permits for walls higher than 4'.
Let's say though, that you wall a 3' wall with only some moderate slope you want to level out, or terrace, and you can you the blocks available at Home Depot or Lowe's, etc. To put it simply, first you would build a trench for your foundation layer - you want at least one block depth below ground level. Below that block you also want to use some gravel for drainage and leveling sand and provide peep holes for water. Once you have a stable, level foundation course its more or less just a matter of stacking the blocks up to the desired height - 3' in this case. Then fill in will dirt and call it a day. Its always a good idea to use filter fabric between dirt and wall and fill a space with gravel to provide adequate drainage. check out this link: http://keystonewalls.com/pages/Homeowner_pages/H.install.steps.html
Again, any higher of a wall and you'll need more capable wall blocks and geofabric, equipment, time, $, etc.
We want to add to our list of landscape services with rooftop installations. How can we get business?
We are expert landscape contractors and want to become Green Roof Top plant installers. We have over 26 years in Landscape Design/Build construction. We've done Rooftop work before of various types, not Green Rooftop installs. Who and How can we get going with this in a big way. Tim
tim c river edge
Question answered by Christy
I would like to move my company in that direction too. You need to have an architect on staff or as a consultant. Green roofs weigh more then the average roof and an installation will need to have structural reinforcements and a top-of-the-line drainage system.
Unfortunately our country still thinks green roofs are a leaky liability. Many insurance companies will drop a homeowners insurance due to a green roof and your liability insurance is going to spike as well.
Getting started is going to be all about advertising. You will need to get a massive campaign going so that people know who you are AND so you can educate the public about green roof misconceptions. Put a green roof on your own home so you can practice, use it in advertising, and take advantage of the tax write-off.
Hopefully your company is a green one, since that is your target market and you can make potential customers feel good about the Earth friendly products you provide. This will help your word-of-mouth tremendously.
I've also bee thinking about getting into grey-water irrigation. This would be the same target market.
Good luck, I hope you are very successful.
How to find mason or labourers in india to do small repairing work?
i am a single woman living in a rented house along with my younger sister and brother.the house owner wont fix the roof and drainage pipe fitted outside which drains all the water used in the bathroom from first floor to the drain.i know how to purchase cement ,bricks,pipes but dont know where to look for labourers skilled in particular job.
Question answered by Hasnain
For every area there will be a center where the daily labors gathers at morning and waits for contractors to engage them for the day. You may find that place near your home and directly hire one of them. Or contact the hardware shop you would but the material from he can guide you
What are the issues in building a two storey garage (~3.5mx9m long) in my garden and deteched from the house?
(1) The garage is in the UK (England)
(2) Power is available, though water and drainage is not.
(3) Is not intended for living in, but storage
(4) Issues are associated with building and planning issues
Question answered by Rachel Lee
I would say talk to a local contractor,he would be more versed on these issues.Often a contractor have architects they work with for design purposes.
Or if you choose a simple trip to your building dept.
what is the best waterproofing method for a basement?
I am trying to waterproof a basemnet and I've had 3 contractors come out and tell me they use different products and some are exclusive to there company, such as PVC and duct tape and sump pumps that they invented, etc...
Question answered by shektbg
The problem is, it totally depends on your basement. Are you in a wet area? Do you have a lot of water or a little water? Or no water yet, you're just trying to be cautious? You can buy the 'concrete waterproofing' paint that will basically help keep water vapor from coming through the concrete walls and causing mildew between the drywall. If you have serious water, is it coming from a crack in the wall? If so, you can order a do-it-yourself crack injectiion kit... you definitely want to inject the crack with a 2-part epoxy. It works like magic.
If you are having water issues, the FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT THING to do is to check your drainage outside. Your yard should slope AWAY from the house at least a few inches every 6 feet.
Go to www.moneypit.com and read the advice section on waterproofing basements. They have a weekly radio show and people often call with that problem. They are adamant that fixing gutters and sloping the soil away from the house will fix 95% of water problems.