Confused By Drainage Problem in Front Yard

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  1. plumbingnewbie

    plumbingnewbie New Member

    Mar 28, 2011
    Los Angeles, California
    I live in Southern California.

    I have a slew of 3 inch patio drains in my backyard that all flow into a plastic catch basin in my front yard. From the catch basin, the water appears to flow into a drain pipe that's embedded through the sidewalk then into the steet.

    When it rains very heavily, the catch basin fills up and floods my front lawn and water rises about 4" against my home's foundation.

    I originally thought there might be a clog in the drain line from the catch basin to the curb, so I shoved my garden hose about 30 feet into the drain pipe from catch basin and tried to blast out the clog.

    The weird part is that it takes about 20 minutes before the water starts to slowly flow back into the catch basin and then begin to flood again. Meanwhile, there is a relatively slow flow of water coming out of the drain pipe from the curb. Where could the rest of this water be going?

    The water is literally on for 20 minutes so that water must have gone somewhere before the water starts to come back into the catch basin. Could the drain pipe be piped directly into the city's sewer lines and the curb drain pipe is just for overflow?

    Totally confused....

    Thanks for any assistance
  2. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

    Feb 6, 2011
    NW Ontario, Canada
    The line might be setup as a French drain and intended to soak into a gravel base with only the surplus going to the street.
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    There is absolutely no way we can even begin to answer your question because without seeing it there are be many ways it could have been piped, although most of them would be illogical, but so is your description.
  5. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

    Dec 15, 2007
    Service Plumber
    I'd have the line camera inspected to see what it is and where it goes.
    Once you know that you'll know what your options are.
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