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Old 03-22-2009, 04:19 PM   #1
shady oaks
Jan 2006
Kalamazoo, MI
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Researching dry wells, and wonder how much is too much for a dry well to "move". So far all I've seen is runoff and gutter runoff, but I haven't read that this system isn't for melt off and the occassional 6-12'' rain (yes, hurricane Ike created havoc every where last year). We're looking at a house that has some standing water in a low area that has once previously hit the basement. It looks like the major melt of we had here in west michigan created a good amount of water, was wondering if a dry well might be the solution to this problem.

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Old 03-22-2009, 07:28 PM   #2
Jun 2008
tulsa, ok
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french drains are cheap and work well for the majority of run off. in the low lying area where water accumulated might be a good choice for a drywell or it just might be good to have the ground checked for its quality. if the ground doesnt drain well it will stand. . you may have to add to the soil. if you have some slope going towards the house you may have to call an eng and find out which is the best for you. ir just might be a combination of drywell and french drains and possibly cisterns. you know a nice sized cistern to capture the run off a jetpump and an outlet could save a ton of money for water for watering the yard in the dry months.
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Old 03-23-2009, 09:54 AM   #3
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Oct 2006
Royal Oak, MI Michigan
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French drains FTW!!

I have a lot of clay where I live and they help a lot.
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Old 03-23-2009, 10:23 AM   #4
Jan 2009
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Never heard of them before, sounds like they could help me with my lawn

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