I have been in a house for two years that was a rental property for 10
years before I bought it. The previous owner neglected the gutter
system on the roof so when I moved in, it was completley onstructed,
rusted out in many spots, and collapsing in the middle. That was
The gutters and sump pump drained into the line that I thought went out
to the street. However, I discovered the line ended at the apron of the
driveway, and a sink hole had started to develop. I had to have a new
drain line dug. The old line was cracked it self along the drive way so
that it was a 50/50 output at the end of the old line and water seeping
out around it. So, I don't know how much has been washed away from the
soil under the driveway.
When I moved in, almost immediatley I noticed water in the basement..
after I corrected the above problems, I have had a tremendous relief of
the water problem. However, I still get some water after heavy rains.
I have two trees in the yard. On in the front and one in the back, and
there is a real problem with surface roots, that cause a virtual
ponding in the front and the back yard. The tree in the front yard is a
japanese cherry blossom tree, and a root grows across the yard, where
the water is prevented from flowing away from the house, towards the
street. The tree in the back is a tremendous oak tree, and there is a
huge root breaking the surface, and prevents water from flowing down
the gradient into the neighbors yard, which is lower than mine. You can
see where the water collects.. and you can actually feel that area is
lower than the rest of the yard.
Do I have to have those trees cut down right off the bat to alleviate
this problem? What would happen if I just cut away those problem roots?
my next door neighbor has had all her trees cut away for this very
problem (and she said alot of the other neighbors through the years
have had their trees taken away..)
Once the roots out of the way, will the water flow naturally correct
itself or will I have to have the yard re-graded?