Where I live we usually do not get water in the basement unless it
rains constantly over a period of time. Its happened twice in the last
5 years, but fortunately I only got a inch of water in the corners of
the basement, no real damage.
My next door neighbor recently had a french drain put in. I was just
curious if this would affect my house at all?
Would it help or hurt? I read that water usually goes to the point
where its open, so I assume any water would go to my neighbors house
first. But at the same time I wonder if it would make my house more
susceptible to flooding.
Does anyone here had any adverse affects from a neighbors french drain?
In my neighborhood, the houses are close to each other, and the ground
is fairly level, my house is slightly lower than my neighbors because
my block has a slight pitch.
But in the past when we got water, it seems we got the same amount of
It depends upon how close the neighbor's french drain is to your house
and where it drains.
Any water that would run towards your property from his property would
increase the volume affecting your house. With a french drain catching
some of that water before it gets to your property would reduce the
amount of water on your property, so yes, it would benefit you. If the
drain empties onto your property, then it wouldn't be evenly distributed
over your property as it would be without the drain, so it may increase
the problem for you.
I can't see any discharge pipe on my side of the house, so either he
has it discharging on the other side of his house, or perhaps he piped
it into the towns sewer system, which I know is illegal, but it would
benefit both of us.
I've got a french drain but no sump pump. My builder was cheap and
probably had to follow local code but since pump was not needed, he
did not put one in. I use the drain for air conditioner effluent in
the summer and humidifier overflow in the winter.
In your case, be concerned about foundation settlement and it may be a
good idea to add extra dirt around house to aid drainage.
Can't you ask your neighbor where the drain goes to? You can do it
under the guise of asking him how it is working because you are
thinking of getting one around your house, or some excuse. I
certainly hope you are on speaking terms with your nearest neighbor,
the time may come when you will need some help and next-door neighbors
are good for that if you are on friendly terms.
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