|Water POURING out from beneath the house|
- We need to kayak to the barn in winter.
- I have the only swim-thru greenhouse in the Pacific Northwest.
- The sump pump goes 24/7 (for those if you in drier regions I should explain that sump pumps are used to remove water from underneath houses built in damp areas), and
- We have more mosquitoes in spring than the tropical swamps of Africa.
- The first problem was that the downspouts were just pouring water onto the ground rather than into a drain system and the sump pump while removing water from underneath the house was fighting a losing battle since the water was just recycling back down again. These problems were relatively easy to address by digging trenches and installing drainage pipe set in gravel which connect up to the downspouts and sump pump outlet. The sump pump is much happier now and our electricity bill is lower! Since these trenches didn’t have to be very deep they could be dug by (my husbands) hand.
- The areas near the barn and greenhouse are both low lying so a lot of the problems there are due to the fact that water can’t run off and percolation is painfully slow due to the clay. More french drains and rock filled channels have improved things by the barn using gravity to divert the water away.
- The greenhouse is going to be raised up on cinder blocks, and a deep layer of gravel used in the interior to provide a dry platform.
- The major project is where I want to create a garden. John Silvernale, landscape architect with Berg’s Landscaping designed a drainage system which involved bringing in the big boys; an excavator, hundreds of feet of pipe and 30 yards of gravel.