Berm and/or French Drain Solution?? (Pictures Included)
The surface ditch around the perimeter of your foundation and also roof downspouts should not be tied into a subsurface perimeter drain system (if any) where the surface water can fill the latter system. Also not into a septic system.
If it is usual and customary for downspouts to be tied into a lateral (feeder, usually underground) that goes into a city storm drain system, the perimeter ditch may also be routed there provided that the water does not catch in an underground perimeter drain system on the way down.
Water should not be ponding up against your house; if that happens you need to regrade things.
The small river that wraps down from your neighbor's needs to be rerouted, perhaps by construction of a "French drain" or swale on the property line.
* French drain (named after a country) -- Surface ditch or swale usually around the perimeter of a building. French drain (named after a person) -- Subsurface pipe (aka weeping tile) system usually around the perimeter of the foundation, either inside or outside, just below basement floor level.
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Last edited by AllanJ; 03-19-2010 at 07:20 PM.