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Old 03-09-2014, 12:16 AM   #1
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Water is running down a hill from my neighbors downspouts. The water goes under my porch and is ruining the porch footing. Is there something I can put in the ground to block that water and redirect it into a drain pipe?

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Water is running down a hill from my neighbors downspouts.
The water goes under my porch...
How far is your neighbors downspout from the property line?
How far from there to your porch?
How old are your homes?

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...in the ground to block that water and redirect it...?
There should already be something there to prevent this..
but they will deteriorate over time.

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Thank you for your reply. My neighbor's downspout is about 7 feet from the property line, 25 feet from my porch. My hone was built in 1998.
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we need pics.
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Might be easier to ask if your neighbor would be willing to relocate the downspout so it doesn't send water in YOUR direction.
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My neighbor would have to pay hundreds if not thousands of dollars because he has two downspouts that drain on his concrete driveway.
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My neighbor would have to pay hundreds if not thousands of dollars because he has two downspouts that drain on his concrete driveway.
Might cost you the hundreds, if not thousands of dollars then instead.
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don't assume . post some pics.
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Depending on where you live...some cities have building codes that prevent a neighbor from sending intentional run off into your yard. Intentional being run off that he has control over. He can't control the rain that falls on his yard. But if he collects it in rain gutters...he can't send it into your yard.

So I would put in a call to the city.

One question....have you talked to your neighbor about it?
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Install a swale on the property line. The water will collect in the low spot and disappear over time OR as long as you are digging install a drainage system......12x12 trench, then drainage gravel , then 4inch weeping tile, more gravel, soil then grass it over.
The whole thing is hidden. I did that in on my property...works like a charm...mine daylights about 100 feet away
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Install a swale on the property line.
i am planning just such design. but using a patio to do it.
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I'm not sure I understand how you can build a patio on that spot...OP..sorry to temporarily divert your thread..

Also, if digging a swale proves impossible because of trees and their pesky roots, alternatively you can build a berm so he can keep his own runoff. Turn it into a flower or shrub bed so you can say you are just adding beautiful landscaping

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My neighbor would have to pay hundreds if not thousands of dollars because he has two downspouts that drain on his concrete driveway.
Sometimes a neighbor is willing (hopefully) to move a downspout so that, instead of aiming at your property, it aims the water to the front of his house. All this takes is reorienting the downspout which should cost about $.02 for a sheet metal screw. Hey, it's worth a shot. And, yes, pics would help here.
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Sometimes a neighbor is willing (hopefully) to move a downspout so that, instead of aiming at your property, it aims the water to the front of his house. All this takes is reorienting the downspout which should cost about $.02 for a sheet metal screw. Hey, it's worth a shot. And, yes, pics would help here.


That would be the best solution. Somethimes people aren't even aware of the impact their stuff has on others... its definitely worth a try
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For instance: When I installed a motion detector above my garage door I didn't realize that the strong light was disturbing my neighbours evening smoke.

He kindly asked for a small adjustment. He's happy now and shifting the lamp over an inch or two doesn't effect me in the least

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