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bnovc 07-11-2010 12:12 PM

water accumulation
On one side of my house, whenever it rains a large amount of water accumulates next to my house (20+ buckets worth usually).

I first thought the gutter wasn't working right and that may be part of it, but I think its inevitable given the incline of the land there down toward my house. I have an extension onto the gutter exit so the water moves farther from the house, but its inclined downward still, so I think a lot of it moves back toward the house.

What can I do to remedy this? Do I have to tear everything up there and add tons of dirt to try to level it out more?


handy man88 07-12-2010 07:26 PM

Probably install a catch basin and have that water routed downhill away....

AllanJ 07-13-2010 04:53 PM

You need to regrade your land so water runs away from the house.

You may able to carve some soil away some distance from the house and pile that soil up next to the house so you both achieve the desired slope and do not have to purchase any more soil.

Handy Vinny 07-13-2010 08:30 PM

Honestly, if I were you, I wouldn't worry about it at all. The water is flowing away from your house, correct? That's not your problem; it's your neighbors. Why do you give a care? I wouldn't go to the trouble or expense of implementing some kind of water mitigation measures.

Handy Vinny 07-13-2010 08:38 PM

If your neighbor threatens to sue you, I wouldn't fix it or settle in any way, shape or form. I would simply allow the lawsuit to be filed and when it gets thrown out, I would turn around and sue your neighbor for frivolity.

Furthermore, if your neighbor has complained to any third party about the situation, you may the option of suing for slander if the neighbor disseminated any type of falsehood or even simple exaggeration. If the defamatory communication was written (e.g., email, etc.), sue for libel.

Private citizens almost always win defamation cases, as truth is very hard and expensive to prove.

Scuba_Dave 07-22-2010 09:21 PM

How close is the water to your house ?
Do you have a basement/crawl space & is it dry ?
How long does the water sit there ?
Whats the distance between the dirt/grass & wood/siding at your house

Not sure where the lawsuit & neighbor comes into this since neither were mentioned :huh:

But in many areas draining water onto your neighbors property is against the law

Seems like you just want to fix a problem on your property

federer 09-16-2010 12:51 AM

yea how did the neighbor comment get in there?? i suggest regrading your yard-thats what i did for me

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