Joined: Oct. 2011
||Posted: 25 Oct. 2015,22:12
I've got a bit of a drainage conundrum. Basically put a fence in for a customer. Wants us to go back and install large raised beds out of sleepers and such. Won the quote, no problem. Got to demolish a shed and concrete base, a bit of soft landscaping and such. Easy.
Here's the problem... he's decided he wants to add to the quote. He has a perimeter path running around the house. Then there's a gap with grass, then some more patio of the same style with the shed on it. There's already a drainage issue with the water running of the path, breeching the grass gap and onto the patio/ hard standing and ponding on the are that the current shed is on.
This shed is being demolished and being replaced with a a summer house. Now, he wants me to bridge the grass gap between the perimeter path and hard standing and extend the end of the hard standing right to our fence at the back of the garden restricting flow even further. Ordinarily no problem, only this is gonna greatly exacerbate the drainage issue and yeah it's clay soil.
There must be an existing soakaway somewhere so perhaps I can channel to it but how does one go about finding such a thing without digging the whole place up?
I don't do patios per se, but this sort of thing just keeps happening. I don't like them, I don't want them, I don't have a digger so I end up digging them out by hand. Don't want to lose the other work though as it's more than it sounds.