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Old 10-17-2012, 03:11 PM   #1
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I have a shred driveway with my neighbour. Last spring we decided to repave it. He hired a contractor, and we agreed to do the job. During construction, I noticed that the contractor is pitching the base towards my house. I told him that storm water shall drain towards the street, as before, therefore the old driveway elevations shall be matched. He told me not to worry, the storm water will drain diagobally, without hitting my house. After the job was done, I found out that that was not the case. Since he built a new paved terrase, in the back yard for my neighbour, the storm water comes down a few steps and then flow directly into my house, making a pool in front of my back entrance, and oly then flows, along my curb, in a stream like fashion, toward the street. I asked him to come to see what's hapening, but he did not do anything yet. I would appreciate an advice on this matter. Is it anything that I can do?


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Old 10-17-2012, 04:00 PM   #2
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I would start with the building department for your local jurisdiction (town/city/county). If this is something they do not handle they can point you in the right direction. it may be your planning and zoning department, varies from place to place.

have your paid your portion?

some jurisdictions have storm water run-off regulations that do not allow someone to run water onto property it did not prior to any construction, and if it did run off onto another's property it cannot flow more water than it did prior to construction. I cannot speak of your jurisdiction.

see what they tell you ........ Good luck!



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How about putting a border, perhaps a row of brick pavers along the side of the driveway. The border being an inch or so higher than the driveway, so that the water is contained until it runs onto the street. I assume there is still a certain amount of slope towards the street.
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have your paid your portion?
this is the key, right here.

your first problem = shared driveway.
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Did you take pictures of the project as it progressed? If so, and if he did it wrong, the pictures should show the issue.
Even if you are on the right track, you will still get run over if you just sit there.

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flows toward the house , new driveway , puddles , wrong pitch

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