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Thread: Drainage ditch, a worthy addition? or a waste of time?

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    Drainage ditch, a worthy addition? or a waste of time?

    My current AGP is still covered (just a little longer ) so right now the only draining is from the cover after a rain storm. But when I do hook things up, the discharge is going to do the same thing... empty on the lawn.

    This is my first year with the pool (and house) so I don't know how big an issue it is. But here is my thought.

    Why not dig a whole (maybe 4' deep by 3' wide) fill it mostly with stone, run a pipe to it from the pump area and cover it with dirt. Then when I drain, it will go underground and not make my lawn a water trap.

    What are your thoughts?
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    Re: Drainage ditch, a worthy addition? or a waste of time?

    If the water will flow off the surface of your yard, let it do so. If it will not drain naturally on the surface, then I would suggest a hose or something to carry it away to a place where it will drain.

    I would not consider storing it underground like you are indicating unless there is no other way to get rid of it.
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    Re: Drainage ditch, a worthy addition? or a waste of time?

    depending on your type of soil, that may not work. Consider piping the whole thing to a natural drainage area or using a holding type system to slow the flow onto your yard. We put in a small dry creek bed with stones to carry water to the drainage channel
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    Re: Drainage ditch, a worthy addition? or a waste of time?

    Or, you could extend the drain hose to your sewer clean out in your yard. My pool actaully has a drain line that is plumbed into the sewer clean out. I can route water there by turning a valve.
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    Re: Drainage ditch, a worthy addition? or a waste of time?

    Sewer clean out is in front of the house, pool is behind. And the backyard slopes away from the house. It's not a big deal, but I thought it would be cleaner to have a kind of 'septic' solution, like some folks do with their rain gutters, putting the drains under ground.
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