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Old 01-07-2019, 07:42 PM   #31
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The developer of the subdivision is the one responsible for this fiasco, not the home builders.
Not the developer, the town that first approved the plans and then signed off on the work after done
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Old 01-08-2019, 02:41 AM   #32
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I have decided to hire a landscaper to install a French drain, bring in dirt to level the whole yard with no ditch or swale and then lay sod. I am letting the landscaper deal with the county codes and legal vs illegal issues.

I live in south GA if anyone knows of a good landscaping company or would like to bid on it please let me know.

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Old 01-08-2019, 05:18 AM   #33
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I have decided to hire a landscaper to install a French drain, bring in dirt to level the whole yard with no ditch or swale and then lay sod. I am letting the landscaper deal with the county codes and legal vs illegal issues.

I live in south GA if anyone knows of a good landscaping company or would like to bid on it please let me know.

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Directing water to your neighbors yard will land you in a lawsuit.
Go to your local Land Use Office where the permits etc. are issued.

I would get a lawyer who knows about construction.

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Old 01-08-2019, 12:33 PM   #34
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How far is the work the county came in and did for you from the real subdivision drain you originally mentioned? Does the new flow pattern resuilt in the water that used to pool up on your driveway going all the way to the subdivision drain?

Procrastinate a little on the French drain so that the effects of the work the county did can be seen for a longer length of time.

Where is your French drain intended to dump the water?
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I have decided to hire a landscaper to install a French drain, bring in dirt to level the whole yard with no ditch or swale and then lay sod. I am letting the landscaper deal with the county codes and legal vs illegal issues.

I live in south GA if anyone knows of a good landscaping company or would like to bid on it please let me know.

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Depending on where your property line is, that, or a good part of it, might be municipal property. Your survey should be helpful if you have one. I doubt you can get a permit to do work on land that isn't yours.
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How far is the work the county came in and did for you from the real subdivision drain you originally mentioned? Does the new flow pattern resuilt in the water that used to pool up on your driveway going all the way to the subdivision drain?

Procrastinate a little on the French drain so that the effects of the work the county did can be seen for a longer length of time.

Where is your French drain intended to dump the water?


The drain is right past my neighbors house (see pic with black arrow). The new ditch the county dug results with zero water in the driveway, minor pooling in the ditch, but not going all the way to the drain past my neighbors house due to improper slope.

The French drain is intended to dump towards my neighbors house towards the storm drain, of course with proper slope. Because that is where it is supposed to go if it was sloped correctly.

I have two companies coming out on Monday to see what their expert opinion is and what the best option is. I also informed them that I am worried about county code, and the legality of doing the work.

They assured me they would clear everything with the county before starting the work/get the plan design approved and get the permits.

I will also make sure that is in the contract and if the county has an issue they will be held liable and responsible for making it right.




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Does the ditch as dug go all the way to the property line with the neighbor as shown?

Using the water level as shown in the ditch (wait for another rainstorm if the ditch is now dry), and estimating the water level all the way to the property line if the ditch did already go that far, where would you estimate the water would go next if it overflowed the ditch extending only to the property line?

Does your deed mention a drainage easement or "subject to a swale"?

Where is the next subdivision drain going the other way (behind you in the pictures shown)?

I am estimating that an underground French drain will not accomplish anything unless it ties directly into the subdivision drain.
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Does the ditch as dug go all the way to the property line with the neighbor as shown?




The one the county dug goes my entire property but only about 5 ft on my neighbors property. It levels out on his land before it slopes down into his dipped driveway then to the drain




Using the water level as shown in the ditch (wait for another rainstorm if the ditch is now dry), and estimating the water level all the way to the property line if the ditch did already go that far, where would you estimate the water would go next if it overflowed the ditch extending only to the property line?


The water would flow towards the drain as pictured in my neighbors property.


Does your deed mention a drainage easement or "subject to a swale"?

Not sure will check when I get back into town.


Where is the next subdivision drain going the other way (behind you in the pictures shown)?

Yes behind me as shown. The entire subdivision drains the same way. It is a bunch of squares with all the drains on the corners.


I am estimating that an underground French drain will not accomplish anything unless it ties directly into the subdivision drain.


My thoughts are that it will dump the water into my neighbors swale, down his driveway, and into the subdivision drain as it was designed to do.


I will obviously wait for the drainage experts to give me their two cents before making any changes. I was also thinking of a dry well past my drive and in the middle of my property but like I said will wait and see what the experts say. Thanks



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If anybody is still interested or going through a similar issue..... I had a Landscaper come out today and they recommended raising the driveway dip up with concrete pavers on top, having a basin connected to pvc going to the end of my yard with a pop up emitter. Leveling the ditch and laying sod on top.

Itís alot of money (3k) but also looks like a lot of work and materials. Not sure how I feel about the pavers though since itíll be the only house in the subdivision with them. Iím brainstorming for other options.

Was thinking of asking him about a small brick retaining wall on each side of the driveway dip (so the yard can be leveled out) with pvc at the bottom of the wall running to the neighbors yard with a pop up due to cost.


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