I would not move it. Degree of concern should be where the water drains
from, what alternatives there are, who was "there" first and general
slope of the properties. MUST he drain there to keep water away from
the foundation of his house? Got basements? Distance from house to
house? Drainage pipe to shed? Any potential real harm to your shed?
"Drenching the footings" sounds like a non-issue unless there is
standing water or really soggy soil around the shed.
On Sat, 11 Apr 2009 14:11:24 -0400, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
It is illegal for a property owner to direct run-off onto another
person's property. In current developments here the location of
downspout discharges in relation to property lines is subject to
planning department approval (building permits0
Whatever he did, he can't suddenly start dumping water onto the
neighbors property, creating a flood around his shed, where it didn't
occur before. And I agree with Bob. From the way it's stated, it
appears far more likely that it's not just a foot of corrugated pipe.
I don't think I've ever seen anyone use a piece of corrugated pipe to
move water just a foot.
But let's ask Perry exactly what he did, how much further he
redirected the water, etc.
He ran what must be about 30' or 40' feet of corrugated pipes from
downspouts on both ends of his garage into a "T", and then ran them down to
about 6 to 8' up from the corner, so it drains right into my shed area. THe
drains pipes are orders of magnitude different from a 6' drain pipe
Is this perforated drain pipes or solid? HE needs a French drain on
his property with perforated pipe. Let his land absorb the water.
Think of a septic leech field.
What's that saying fool me once, fool me twice.... The guy is on a two
stike rule (boxing gloves optional).
Drainage law in most States is a left-over from British common law. To wit:
You have an obligation to take whatever waters nature would have sent
towards you. You have to accept your neighbor's water. However, your
neighbor has an obligation not to alter the path of the water and not to
concentrate it to one location. Obviously he has done that.
As one respondent noted above, he should spill the water onto a dissipater
(rock bed possibly the whole width of his yard) and thence the water will
revert back into sheet-flow instead of being concentrated against your shed.
I disagree with all the teat-suckers that suggest you run to your government
for help. Ultimately you have to work this out with your neighbor and might
even have to bring a tort claim against him.
BTW, a simple dissipater would consist of his drain pipe ending in a "TEE"
section. The "TEE" would be perforated pipe laid within about 6-8 inches of
drain rock. The pipe should follow the contours of his lot, i.e., it should
be run level. The entire assembly can be placed a few inches below ground
and a lawn can be placed thereon. The water will exit the perforated pipe,
saturate the drain rock and hopefully percolate into the ground. Whatever
does not percolate would 'sheet-flow' across his lot onto your property just
as nature had intended.
There are some codes and design standards for the above system. Some codes
require that the dissipation system be placed a minimum of 20 feet uphill
from your common property line.
around here code requires downspout water to goi in dry well.........
neighbor got in troublew and was required to install dry wells.
interestingly the water from his property still flows like a creek in
first ask the neigbor nice, then if that doesnt work complain to
but know your going to start a war, if you are doing anything the
other fellow can complain about
You simply sue him for any damage (erosion, over saturation, structural
destabilization etc.) you might incur.
BTW there is a big push to get surface waters to recharge the ground instead
of sending them by man-made conveyance to the nearest ditch, gulley, stream
etc. You might be able to sue under the environmental provisions of your
state laws. Bigger dollars and possibly you attorneys fees can also be
You should probably try to either work with your neighbor or suck it up.
The downside of starting a war - either through spiteful actions or by
involving the authorities - is the possible retaliation. Your cats end up
dead. Your garage mysteriously catches fire. Your children get "free"
tattoos. Your outdoor grill generates a fire truck call.
If my neighbor sicced the authorities on me for some piddly drainage issue,
I'd hit the sonofabitch so hard his mother would die.
But that's just me.
And it could be your neighbor.
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