Two Guys, Two Trucks, Two Doors, Gravel and Pipe

Or, how to solve a foundation drainage problem.

After a trip to pick up pea stone, pipe and other supplies followed by lots of hand-digging and extreme manual labor, the drainage problems around the garage are on their way to being resolved.

Two Trucks

Two Trucks

I have no idea how the grade sloping toward the building was ever approved, but it was. That can’t be changed, but the way drainage is handled can be modified and improved and that’s what’s going on here.

Dig, dig and more digging through clay and giant slabs of concrete. We can’t help but wonder where all this concrete came from and why it was allowed as fill…or did anyone even ask. Probably not.

Why are you standing around? Get to work!

Two guys. Why are you standing around? Get to work!

After the digging apply the goop…that’s the technical term.

The Goop

The Goop

The corrugated, perforated drainage pipe that was originally installed was resting on a small amount of gravel but hadn’t been wrapped in any way so it was completely filled with dirt making any sort of foundation drainage impossible. Instead, the water was running into and under the garage floor and driveway resulting in extensive damage to both.

That's not gonna work.

That’s not gonna work.

Cracked up. The garage floor is in pretty much the same condition.

Cracked up. The garage floor is in pretty much the same condition.

The new drainage pipe is stronger and is wrapped in a sleeve. Wrapping the pipe in the sleeve was a fun process and there were jokes all around regarding giant condoms and the like.

Applying the giant….sleeve?

First the goop, a little pea stone in the trench, followed by the sleeved pipe and more pea stone from the trucks using old doors for a slide.

I knew those old doors would come in handy at some point.

Two doors. I knew those old doors would come in handy at some point.

It’s not pretty, but it will work and it will look more presentable when it’s finished off on the surface.

Use what you have and make a mini concrete wall.

Use what you have and make a mini concrete wall.

After - Much Better - Finishing Touches Still to Come

After – Much Better – Finishing Touches Still to Come

There’s still more gravel needed and finishing this up will take a few more days…if these two can get out of bed after all this hard work! The bottom line is, there’s a new garage floor and driveway on order and without these corrections they’d both be ruined from…you guessed it, water damage.

The motto of this story: If there’s a problem and/or damage, It’s almost always about water.

That’s it for today. Thanks for following along.

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