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My SIL has (HAD?) a wet weather spring near the house,,,

The worst part is when it rains, the excess water comes up,
and promptly runs to EXACTLY where they park their cars,,,:flag_of_truce:

Our first hope was to find an abandoned water line.
The home originally had spring fed water, we were hoping to find the pipe,,, and cap it.

The area was dug 2 feet deep with the IH 584,, I can dig 4 feet deep,, but it makes a big hole.





We found nothing,,, so we decided to dig a mini drainage field,,,
and use it in reverse,, to carry the water away from the area.

I dug a hole about 4 feet deep for the infiltration chamber, then another 3+ feet under it.



The 18" wide deep section was refilled with old broken concrete, and rocks.

The hope is that the water will find its way into the chamber, to be carried away by the 4" pipe,,
or just go down into the soil.

We do not care which happens, as long as it stops coming to the surface.



Next the infiltration chamber was set in place, and covered with landscape fabric.
The ends were blocked with large rocks, broken concrete, and gravel.





My SIL backfilled the hole with the JD 855,,



now,,,
all we have to do is wait for rain,, and see if we captured the spring.

If we missed, or moved the spring, we will dig from there,
and "french drain" the water to the infiltration chamber.

I have heard that springs can be tricky,,, if you dig,,, they will move somewhere else,,,,

Hmmmmmmmmmmm,,,,,,,,,,, :dunno:

My daughter came out while we were working,,,
she said her yard looked like it was the John Deere dealer's used vehicle lot!



:lolol:

Even if the project is a total failure,, we had a LOT of fun,,, on a sunny warm day in February,,, :laugh:
 

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My SIL has (HAD?) a wet weather spring near the house,,,

The worst part is when it rains, the excess water comes up,
and promptly runs to EXACTLY where they park their cars,,,:flag_of_truce:

Our first hope was to find an abandoned water line.
The home originally had spring fed water, we were hoping to find the pipe,,, and cap it.

The area was dug 2 feet deep with the IH 584,, I can dig 4 feet deep,, but it makes a big hole.





We found nothing,,, so we decided to dig a mini drainage field,,,
and use it in reverse,, to carry the water away from the area.

I dug a hole about 4 feet deep for the infiltration chamber, then another 3+ feet under it.



The 18" wide deep section was refilled with old broken concrete, and rocks.

The hope is that the water will find its way into the chamber, to be carried away by the 4" pipe,,
or just go down into the soil.

We do not care which happens, as long as it stops coming to the surface.



Next the infiltration chamber was set in place, and covered with landscape fabric.
The ends were blocked with large rocks, broken concrete, and gravel.





My SIL backfilled the hole with the JD 855,,



now,,,
all we have to do is wait for rain,, and see if we captured the spring.

If we missed, or moved the spring, we will dig from there,
and "french drain" the water to the infiltration chamber.

I have heard that springs can be tricky,,, if you dig,,, they will move somewhere else,,,,

Hmmmmmmmmmmm,,,,,,,,,,, :dunno:

My daughter came out while we were working,,,
she said her yard looked like it was the John Deere dealer's used vehicle lot!



:lolol:

Even if the project is a total failure,, we had a LOT of fun,,, on a sunny warm day in February,,, :laugh:
Sure beats doing it all with a pick, shovel and wheelbarrow. lol
 

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Please keep us posted . I have a similar situation and am curious as to how this works out . :dunno::munch::munch:
 

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Sure beats doing it all with a pick, shovel and wheelbarrow. lol
My SIL tried to "dress up" the area where the chamber would set, with a shovel.

He said he figured that if we were doing the digging by hand,
each backhoe bucket full could easily take 30 minutes to an hour of work,
if we were doing it by hand.

We did it now because the soil was wet,, and easier to dig,, but,,
easier digging, wet soil is MUCH heavier.

The backhoe did not care how much it weighed. :good2:

My SIL moved about 10 shovelfuls of dirt,,,
then tossed the shovel!!! :flag_of_truce:

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I've had the same type septic drain chambers as you installed since 2001 only with about 6 X length with no gravel or rocks. I've had no problems even in wet years of gray water seeping to the surface of soil.
 

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Sure beats doing it all with a pick, shovel and wheelbarrow. lol
It looks like that towable backhoe worked well. I had always wondered about whether those were actually a useful machine or just looked cool. If it can dig in what looks like pretty hard ground, that's on the useful side.

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I've had the same type septic drain chambers as you installed since 2001 only with about 6 X length with no gravel or rocks. I've had no problems even in wet years of gray water seeping to the surface of soil.
When used as actual septic field, the instructions tell you positively no gravel, or landscape fabric.
The gray water disperses better if in direct contact with the dirt.

We were doing an alternate use of the chamber,,, so,, fabric,, gravel,, and rock.

I was calculating the volume of the chamber,,,
a run of 100 feet of the chambers will hold the same volume as a 1,000 gallon septic tank.

The drainage fields made out of 4" perf pipe,, hold practically nothing!!,,, :dunno:
 
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