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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:48 pm 
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Hello everyone

I have a reasonable sized back yard, it's built on 2 levels, with the lower level just wide enough for a wheelie bin.

The top level used to have a garage door, but that was bricked up by the previous owner.

I've noticed when it rains the water runs to the back where the door used to be, and pools there.

Is there an easy way to change the level of the yard so water runs to the front where it then drops a level to the drain?

When I say simple, I mean I have only recently started DIY so don't have lots of tools or equipment!


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:47 am 
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Hi LouC

It's a bit hard to visualise what you have there, any chance of a picture?

It is possible to level the ground, what you probably want is a slight incline to allow the water to run off towards the drain. Ifthe area isn't huge you could do this with basic hand tools.

What is the ground at the moment, concrete, slab, soil? Like I say, I picture would really help.

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Sorry I never thought to put up a picture.


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Hi LouC

Was the door to the left by the parasol, the larger white blocks?

It makes sense why the water is pooling, if that was a garage door then there would have been a run off away from the garage. I guess when the wall was build they didn't think about leveling that out.

What is on the other side of the wall? Is it a street?

Solutions could be to lay a thin bed of concrete starting at the wall with a slight run-off to the lower level where the drain is, problem here is, if the levels on the lower part are not correct you'll just have water pooling closer to the house. Other option, less labour intensive is ... drill a couple of 32mm holes at the lower level of the wall, cut and fit in some plumbing waste pipe (very cheap), so the water escapes out and doesn't pool.

Someone else might have a better idea.

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Yes you're right on both counts. The big blocks are where the door was, and it is a street on the other side.

I did think of drilling holes, but I wasn't sure if I was allowed because it'd drain onto the pavement.


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I am assuming the water only pools after significant rain? I can't imagine the volume of water being that great, in my view no more than the run off from my concrete slab path from my front door to the road. I'd wouldn't be too concerned, but that's just me !



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