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Old 06-21-2018, 10:28 AM   #1
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Water flooding from hillside help!

Hello all! Pittsburgh has been having enormous amounts of rain and we are first time home owners. Before my husband wants to move back to our rental we are asking for advice on how to prevent flooding and leaking of our retaining wall. I've provided pictures of what our backyard looked like last night. We live on a hill and the water from the neighboring upper yards are FLOWING into our yard. We do have a RR retaining wall (leaning lol), and there is a pipe that should help with draining in the rock part of our yard, but it seems as if it's too high, b/c the water just pools around it. Other than asking for permission from our neighbors to go into their yard to install a french drain, do you have any suggestions. TIA.
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Old 06-21-2018, 05:03 PM   #2
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Re: Water flooding from hillside help!

The owner of the property who has the retaining wall is responsible not you. Contact the neighbor. If you get no satisfaction, file a complaint w/ the building dept.
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Old 06-21-2018, 05:34 PM   #3
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Re: Water flooding from hillside help!

There is a rule in some areas that a property owner cannot alter the water flow onto or off from their property. Impossible from the pictures to establish where the water has historically been flowing and who may have altered it if it is no longer within its original path.

Is your home a single construction or part of a larger development? In larger developments landscaping is part of the overall water management plan. Even if a single home build there still may have been some drainage requirements as part of the permit, for you and the neighbors.

If you talk to your local building department they will have a larger view of the neighborhood and how drainage was supposed to be managed.

Once you get a determination as to who is responsible for the water flow, then you can take other steps, unknown at this point.

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Old 06-21-2018, 06:10 PM   #4
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Re: Water flooding from hillside help!

Logic would say who ever built the wall should be responsible but if it on the property line the drain is now the neighbours property.
Where I live the guy on the high side is usually responsible for a wall built on the line.
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