What’s that Sound? – #JustJoJan

Hear that? That gurgling sound? That’s your opportunity to vote for the Thursday Doors badge going down the drain. Voting ends today at noon, North American eastern time.

Thanks to everyone who has voted, and thanks to Linda G. Hill for a JusJoJan prompt to let me remind you one last time (I promise).


    • No. Rain water is not allowed in sanitary sewers, and we are encouraged, although not required in our town, to keep our rain/runoff on our property. I ran our downspouts into drywells because of the stupid way our yard is sloped. The water would run up against the house in too many places. The year we moved in, I ended up digging a sump pit in the yard and pumping water away from the house.

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  1. I’ve never seen a creek I didn’t like! Diverting water away from where it shouldn’t be going is very often a daunting project. When I was a kid, one of our neighbors was facing that task. He asked my dad for advice. My dad, as I remember, even drew the layout for this guy. But, the neighbor ignored the advice he asked for and did it his way. Next rainstorm he had a very flooded cellar!

    He actually came to my dad again, and my father pretty much did the project himself. The neighbor never had that problem again. But he did still have an ego problem!🤗

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    • I like creeks, as long as they can’t overflow and flood our house. When I was a kid, the creek behind our house flooded a couple times.

      We have very sandy soil, so if I get the water below the frost line, it drains pretty well.

      We move it to get it away from the house and/or to keep it from freezing on the surface in places where people (us, delivery folks) walk.

      You gotta love a guy who asks for advice and then ignores it. I know such a person. Your dad was very kind to help him the second time.


    • Oh no, it’s all contained in our yard, just not where it can pool up into the basement Windows.

      We have very sandy soil. Once I got below the frost line, I made a dry well from 2 5-gallon buckets. The soil drains so fast, you could put a hose in and never see any water pooling.

      When we moved in, we had a warm rain in late January. The ground was frozen. The rain and melting snow pooled up next to the house and was about an inch below the basement windows before I got home with a pump. Neighbors told us the previous hone owner ran a pump often in the winter. I put the first drain in that spring.

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  2. Love the pictures and your work building the drain! I’m glad you mentioned the reason for all of that, but I am confused. Do you know why the state won’t allow rain run-off in the sewer system? Just curious as I have lived in states that have the rain run-off go into the sewer system and here in California it all drains into the ocean…not sure that’s good or bad. In the new areas of development in Phoenix area, they created parks that are actually shaped and sloped like large ponds where drains take the rainwater from the roads and collects it there for it to absorb into the soil.

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    • The creek that ran behind the house I grew up in until I was about 10, has flooded a huge section of that town about a dozen times since 1950. Two floods this century have caused amazing amounts of damage. If they ever could make a case for putting a flood-control dam on a creek, this one would certainly qualify.


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