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Old 08-26-2008, 12:18 AM   #1
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So first off, may I start by venting... AAAARRRRRGHHHH...

Thank you. That felt good. I just spent the better part of 45 minutes typing a long detailed quesiton about a seeping basement floor only to have windows crash when I hit the post button... ever had one of those type of days!!

So now that I see the dry floor gods want me to have wet socks whilst doing laundry... I will switch topics all together!

So yeah, lot division!

We bought a home from developers that split the original lot our house was on to build another home behind ours. These developers built the new home (mcmansion, disgusting really) and in doing so, they severed all of the drainage lines from our downspouts and plumbed drains from concrete patios, leaving nothing more than flexi pipe (above ground) running onto the "new houses" property.

Not a big deal right now while the house sits empty (and will for a while since they want $680K in a $300K neighborhood) but we are positive as soon as the home is sold the new owners will not want our rainwater running down their concrete pathway.

So the bottom line question really is, are the developers responsible for re-engineering our stormwater runoff?

I have attached a pic to show roughly what I am talking about... the red box is the new house (yes its that close, they lied to us when we bought from them) the yellow line is the flex pipe & the blue line is the rough path of travel for our stormwater.

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Old 08-26-2008, 07:39 AM   #2
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you should be responsible for your own rain water. here on Long Island since property is getting so scarce and homes are being built to close, the towns came up with a code stating any new or added addition must have there leader pipes installed into cesspools. size and quantity must be designed by an engineer. because of problems that your facing. BOB

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Thanks for the response bob!

We would under normal circumstance take care of our own, however, it was the developers who "destroyed" the pipeworks from our existing runoff. The severed the pipes at the property line and put nothing in its place to redirect our rainwater.

I have been trying to contact our city to see if that was something that was supposed to be addressed as part of the division/permit process for them building the new house.

The bottom line is our money (from buying our house) built that new house & the developers of the new house cut off all of the original water flow, leaving us no place to drain to.... if that makes sense...
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Thanks for the response bob!

We would under normal circumstance take care of our own, however, it was the developers who "destroyed" the pipeworks from our existing runoff. The severed the pipes at the property line and put nothing in its place to redirect our rainwater.

I have been trying to contact our city to see if that was something that was supposed to be addressed as part of the division/permit process for them building the new house.

The bottom line is our money (from buying our house) built that new house & the developers of the new house cut off all of the original water flow, leaving us no place to drain to.... if that makes sense...
I completely understand, here when they hooked up to the sewer district back in the 70's and there was no need for cesspools any more, they changed the zoning , and now we can build on a piece 70 x 100 which means the houses are closer,which created a problem with roof water run off. so now we must install a dry well for the front and rear gutters. another big expense for the owners.
I would go after the builder, Good luck.
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