Hello. I have had a problem with my neighbor for quit sometime now. I had a
licensed cement guy pour concrete all around my home and extended my drive way.
I am talking about 3 cement trucks worth. 2 years later my side walk next to one
of my neighbors has cracked. I would like to mention that her sprinkler main
and 1 of her sprinklers keeps on dripping water constantly so much so it is like
a swimming pool on her side. the problem started to affect me when the water
start to drain into my side through the wooden fence. Now i have constant mud
with standing water all across my wooden fence and my new cement. She says that
her water has nothing to do with my concrete braking. Her lawn guy said that i
need to plant grass next to my cement so it can absorb the moisture and solve
the problem. I would like to know if her over watering is the issue of my cement
by the way this is the only side of my cement that has large cracks in it and
buckling. I do not know what else to do. I have called the city and the city
left her a warning for over water since we are in a water conservation zone. The
officer looked and stated that it is extreme over watering and damaging the
city sidewalk. The city can't do anything about my side walk since it is in my
property but she is damaging city property as well. Any solutions are well
come. Thank you
replying to carmen, Iggy wrote:
Still try to make the neighbor see how much water is being wasted and even her
wasted money on constant grass mowing, which is probably twice (or more) as
often as everyone else. The cheapest and most permanent route is to replace the
affected sidewalk square(s) at, around me, $200 a square. However, now that you
and the Mason know of a water-runoff problem, it can be addressed.
If it's just 1 to 3 squares, the Mason can put in a store-bought French Drain,
Drainage Piping or self-made concrete collection trough that's covered by gravel
and wrapped in landscape fabric, to keep dirt from clogging the system. After
that, the Mason would install a drain pipe under the sidewalk and out to the
street through the street curb.
If you don't have a curb (pipes can go under sidewalk and drain onto grass
apron, if applicable) or any drain into the street is illegal. Then, you'll have
to ignore the plan above and have the Mason install an in-yard deep curb or few
inch deep gutter (depends on water saturation depth noticed) under the fence to
keep the water on her side or let it run into the street, as much as possible.
No guarantee, but hopefully it ensures only 1 square will ever be affected and
much more slowly.
The very final step or possible option is to pay a Landscaper to put a swale (or
the gutter) in her yard only, with her written and signed consent. So, the water
only affects her sidewalk. There are options and you may have to ultimately
resort to digging under the fence a couple of feet and continuing the yard curb,
gutter or dumping in heavy clay soil along the entire adjoining property line.
On Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 10:21:49 AM UTC-4, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
Or to get her to stop it. I would first go have a further talk with the
city code guy and see if it's possible to get him to do more, actually
cite her for creating water runoff. It sounds like all he's done so far
is issue a warning for excessive use of water. Whatever she does, she
should keep the city guy on her side, he could be called as a witness.
Small claims court is an option, depending on the limits in the state
versus what the damages are. That would save the cost of a lawyer.
Some states it's 3,000 others I've seen as high as 10,000. Like Ed
says, getting a lawyer to write a threatening letter would be a start.
This neighbor must be nuts. It sounds like it's city water, which
she must be paying for. Usually where there are water restrictions
in place, the cost of water is metered and the rate escalates as
you go to higher amounts. You would think she would be getting
very high water bills. Neighbors can be a real pain in the ass.
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