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Old 12-08-2011, 10:10 AM   #1
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Morning, Ok, so I live in the city, my neighbor took down the line of trees in between our property ( He took them down because of the sap, some were mine and I said yes!, this is 1st place and no idea... ) A while after I discovered a long horizontal basement crack. I patched the crack with hydro. cement. It has been pouring here on/off the last 2 weeks. My crack is all the way back and now leaking.
I am getting a "double whammy" as far as the rain. Neighbors gutters all point directly at my house where trees "used" to catch the water. Someone had suggested that my neighbors drainage is not proper if it's draining directly in to my property and to approach him or go to city zoning? Help!

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As far as I have ever known (in most cases) it has been unlawful to allow your property to drain directly onto your neighbors property (or vi-see/versa). Why not quietly seek the advice of the local building department and go from there?

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Hey Bud! Thanks! Reading into the solutions on his part is much cheaper!
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Post a picture or two of the interior & exterior, as well as check the interior of the wall fro deflection, if you want legitimate help & answers.
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Who knows when it may have happened. How old is the house? I am guessing that it can be at least 60 or more years old, and foundations do crack over time. My guess is that you just happened to notice the leaking due to the rain, and have never noticed the crack before.

If you are concerned, get a foundation systems contractor to look at it. What side of the house is the crack on, and how far does it go down the wall, and how far from the top of the earth/ground below.

My house is over 70 years old, and only found out that one side of the basement was leaking, due to the gutter had filled up with leaves, even though there was a gutter guard on it, they still got in there, due to birds. After we cleaned them out, and got some of the expandable downspout extenders, no more water in the basement. Nine times out of ten, it is a outside drainage issue, that is causing the water to find a path inside.

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