I'd be thinking of call several building contractors near you, and see what
they say. I'm guessing this has happened before. On the bright side, you've
got a source of water if the municipal water fails.
Before undertaking some major earthmoving/ remedial measures, it might
be prudent to get advice from a geologist familiar with the area.
There is a possibility that the entire neighborhood is underlain with
a network of (small) interconnected and shifting aquifers. If so,
the remediation will be best accomplished by diverting the flow at the
highest point of the tract. IIRC, water flow of this sort is sometimes
found in old glaciated areas, moraines, whatever.
Talk to the inspector fella. He may be more interested in allowing a
remodel of the sidewalk and curb with the addition of a nice little sign
showing the spring as the head waters of "such and such" river. Our
city has just such a sign at a dry ditch stating it as the head waters
of the Deep Fork which ultimately gets pretty big.
First thing, look at the overall lay of the land.
Water will flow downhill but also sink into the soil.
If it reaches any depression that will accelerate sinking into the soil.
Water getting into the soil causes springs.
You want to eliminate depressions and add drainage.
Places where the water leaves the soil and gets to the surface
to run off will help. As long as it's not your driveway or sidewalk.
I live on a street called Springridge. As the name implies there are
lots of springs. Every house has a pipe running through the curb to
the street surface. This is for sump pumps and gutters.
If you're going to break through the curb you're going to need a permit.
It's not like that can be hidden.
You don't say where you are located, but here in the NE where we had a
lot of rain this summer and an early heavy wet snow that caused a 3 day
power outage taking out electricity, cable TV and internet, and the
phone lines. The streams and rivers are still running higher than
normal. At my house, there is an aquifer that is very near the top of
the ground and runs under my asphalt driveway. It caused a lot of damage
to the driveway after an extended period of rain or by snow melt, i.e.
the driveway looks like it was built using jigsaw puzzle pieces. The
water seeps out of the cracks in the driveway for a couple of days after
a heavy rain. My driveway is even with the ground at the house end, but
cuts deeper into the ground as it goes down some 90' to the street level
where it is about 5' below ground level, as is the street.
In case anyone is wondering, the driveway was built correctly by a
driveway company, including sub-grade materials.
The highway department installed a leech pipe under the driveway at the
street end to protect the street from damage, but that doesn't help me.
I live in southwestern PA. We had a really wet spring this year and a
lot of late snows. It has been a pretty wet autumn, too.
I think I will still have the water company come out and see what is
happening first. I suspect they can quite easily tell if there is a
leak in the yard. I understand what somebody else said here that it
could still be a water main break because of the ground will soak up
the water whenever it is really dry.
I still do not think it is the sewer line because the flow is
There has been no answer given to your question.
The answer to the question is "pressure grout the stream".
The answer to your problem may be more complex.
Consult a drilling firm and seek that professional's input.
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