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time2roll

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Posted: 09/15/20 04:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would probably pump that.

I use something like this when needed at an apartment building:

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Superior-Pump-U........teel-Submersible-Utility-Pump/1000737618

As the water absorbs, note the low point to place the pump. Get some hose such as pool backwash hose to carry the water where it will run off without issue.

If this is a permanent spot where you own and control then I would be more inclined to re-slope the area as needed for a permanent solution.

This is the pump I have:
https://www.waterpumpsdirect.com/FloTec-FP0S4100X-Water-Pump/p72416.html

* This post was edited 09/17/20 02:25pm by time2roll *


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Posted: 09/15/20 04:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow Darley,

This thread is a blast from the past.

Can you find a local landscaper to help you with the grading? Do you have free range to do whatever you want (and can afford) there, or do you need approval from the owner and/or permits?

It kind of depends on your budget and how much work you want to put into it, but it seems to me like your choices are to either divert the water somewhere else, add French drains, raise the grade, or construct a raised walkway or even a pontoon bridge [emoticon] to get to and from your truck, or some combination of those.

How long does it take to soak in after a rain like that? I assume it takes a few days or a week? And how often do you get that kind of rain?

A professional landscaper with good experience in grading and drainage is a must though. You need to be careful changing the grade so you don't starve those beautiful trees.

Where's your camp? Is this in ND? My wife and I took a big trip last fall and spent a few nights at a gorgeous little County campground called Buffalo Gap Campground, just to the west of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. We agreed that it was our second favorite camp of the trip. It was also the least expensive. That sure is beautiful country up there. I wish we could have spent more time exploring the area, but we had to head home by then. Out of nineteen states and nearly 11,000 miles on that trip, it was our #2 favorite spot.

Anyway, my wife has run major landscaping companies here in Southern California for decades (the kind of companies that landscape Disneyland and Universal Studios) and a lot of her expertise has rubbed off on me. You definitely want to consult with a decent landscaper to get some drainage advice that works in your area. It probably won't even be that big of a job, but it will go a whole lot smoother if you get quality guidance.


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time2roll wrote:

I would probably pump that.

I use something like this when needed at an apartment building:

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Superior-Pump-U........teel-Submersible-Utility-Pump/1000737618

As the water absorbs, note the low point to place the pump. Get some hose such as pool backwash hose to carry the water where it will run off without issue.

If this is a permanent spot where you own and control then I would be more inclined to re-slope the area as needed for a permanent solution.


I lease the spot and have to get the campground owner's approval to do any modifications to the lot. I have been pushing for a permanent solution.

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dedmiston wrote:

Wow Darley,

This thread is a blast from the past.

Can you find a local landscaper to help you with the grading? Do you have free range to do whatever you want (and can afford) there, or do you need approval from the owner and/or permits?

... your choices are to either divert the water somewhere else, add French drains, raise the grade, or construct a raised walkway or even a pontoon bridge [emoticon] to get to and from your truck, or some combination of those.

How long does it take to soak in after a rain like that? I assume it takes a few days or a week? And how often do you get that kind of rain?

Where's your camp? Is this in ND?



A landscaper would be a good idea. I would have to get the campground owner's permission for any work done. I wanted to add 20 cubic yards of soil to fill in the low spot, but he thinks it would be a waste and would not soak up the water and it would be redirected to another camp site.

The flooding happens 2 to 3 times a year. Early spring the water soaks up in a day. Later in the year, the water can take up to 5 days to soak in. And then a couple days after to dry out so you can actually walk on the grass.

The campground is located in Devils Lake, ND. The trees are definitely a bonus.

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Posted: 09/16/20 12:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Funny thread....


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Posted: 09/16/20 07:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

installing a french drain to redirect the water to a place where it wont harm anything else would be the best bet.

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StirCrazy wrote:

installing a french drain to redirect the water to a place where it wont harm anything else would be the best bet.

Steve


Since the flooding is at the lowest spot on the lot grade, the safest place to redirect the water is uphill (6 foot higher than the low spot). There in lies the challenge on how to get the water to the lake side (high side) of the lot by using natural means or drainage. Mechanical pumps are an option, but since I don't live there permanently, it is the less ideal solution.

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Posted: 09/16/20 12:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would just get a pump. Low cost solution for the few times a year.
I only get my pump out every 3 to 5 years and is well worth having it.

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time2roll wrote:

I would just get a pump. Low cost solution for the few times a year.
I only get my pump out every 3 to 5 years and is well worth having it.


Not a bad suggestion.

It's hard to tell from those photos where he would pump the water to, but I bet he'd get the park owner's attention real quick if he pumped it out of his space and into the sewer. I can't help but think the park owner owns most of the responsibility to make this right.

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Posted: 09/16/20 12:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ask for a different site that's higher and dryer(?).

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