I have never had any persistent standing water on my property before.
This year the front part of my property, about 1/8 of an acre is
covered with water. I don't know how best to deal with this problem.
Last year, a new house came up next to mine. They dump a lot of dirt
build their drive way from the road straight to the hosue. I wish
built it around the hill contour. The driveway is right along next
property line. The land is higher on my side which slopes down
slightly towards theirs. The water always flow down along the gutter
by the side of the road.
Apparently, the concrete pipe drainage under my new neighbor's
driveway at the
entrance was over a foot higher than the average water level. So,
water on my side cannot drain and hence a permanet flood.
I really want to live in peace and don't want to start a war with my
neighbor. It is clearly a bad design problem. However, I but need to
do something to get rid of water before the mosquito season start.
And best if I could preserve what ever natural environment left there
as much as possible. I discovered a few wild orchids and ferns in
that area a few years ago. Not sure if they survive the flood.
Any suggestion what I could do to reduce this damage? (beside taking
- Get a few truck load of dirt and dump the flooded area. This
will lost what ever left of the natural ecology there.
- Dig a pond and use the dirt to fill the rest of the area? Is this
- Grow some wet land grass there. The place is covered with wood.
species of wild grass can grow in the shady area?
- Does a home insurance usually carry this kind of problem?
While you do want to keep in good terms with your neighbor, I suggest
you check any local zoning issues about grading. You need to know what that
situation is first. Not only is it possible your neighbor (actually their
builder) violated them, you may do the same trying to fix the original
It is going to be difficult for someone here to offer a good judgment
since we don't know local conditions and nothing beats on site observations.
After consulting a local professional and local legal requirements, then
consider your options. I might suggest that you will want to involve your
neighbor in this process somewhere along the line. They or their builder
may be responsible and they are likely to be affected by the fix. They also
may be part of the fix. Working together is likely to be the best for both
Mr. Meehan's advice is very good. You need to get a local expert to look
at the problem and give you an opinion on cause and on repair. Look in your
phone book for a civil engineer or a landscape architect. They should be
able to quote an estimate over the phone. I'd guess this will be less than
I suggest looking to local government before paying for an engineer.
The drainage along a road is usually in the right of way for the road / street.
If local government doesn't give satisfaction, then pay for a civil engineer.
Since I used to do the drainage inspections for the local health dept, I
suggest checking with yours first. They should be able to give direction,
and may well have someone that could look at it and tell what to do, or not
When a person has a minor amount of water, that is simply the result of a
low spot, I suggest that they take a bunch of little sticks and push them
into the ground so that they are just at the surface of the water. That way,
they serve as a marker on how much dirt to put in, to exclude standing water
without modifying drainage paths.
And your health dept may have some Altosid for mosquitoes, too.
I'd go for the pond, just because I always wanted one :(. The land
behind my house is always under about a foot of water and only dry in
the midst of hot summer without rain. Normally the owner can not even
mow there. I'd give anything if they'd sell me the little peice less
then 1/4 acre so I could dig a pond there. I love the sound of the
peepers. Also ..wouldn't a pond increase property value?
If your area is covered by a zoning authority, let them know about this.
My neighbors across the street had this problem when the village
installed sidewalks. The village had to install a mini culvert under
The right thing would be for the drainage pipe under the driveway to be
fixed, so that it drains like it was supposed to. IMHO-IANAL it is the
builder of the new house/drive that is responsible for this.
<Slam goes the gavel in the Internet court> Man I gotta stop watching
so much daytime TV.... <G>
In the short term, get a small pump, and pump the area out. Run the
output hose to the drain, making it clear that there is an "oops". The
wild plants should survive a single flooding or two.
No but the builder, or who ever botched the drainage and culvert job for
your neighbor should have insurance, or the means to fix it.
I used to have a swampy area. I decided to dig a pond, complete with
an overflow drainpipe to a stream. I added minnows and goldfish to
eat the mosquitoes, and later added aquatic plants. Somehow the frogs
just arrived. My pond is about 7,000 gallons and it took about three
days to dig out by hand, using one wheelbarrow and two men
shoveling/hauling dirt. The rich soil removed was dumped onto a heap,
dried out, then used for a vegetable garden. The pond has about 7
springs in the bottom.
On 11 Apr 2004 06:49:37 -0700, email@example.com (packat) wrote:
After you have lived in the country for about 40 years you will learn all
sorts of solutions to such problems. For instance, most around our area
would solve your problem thusly.
Give the neighbors three or four puppies as a present. Then turn a few
alligators loose in your wetlands. After awhile, your neighbors will ask YOU
what to do about the problem.
"For those who have fought for it, freedom
has a taste the protected will never know."
This is all the further you really need to go.
Just contact the county/state roads department, (by whatever name they may use
in your area,) and have them come out. Point at the standing water, and then
point at your neighbor's culvert, which is above the waterline. Then, tell them
to have a nice day as they go tell your neighbor his pipe is too high.
: This is all the further you really need to go.
: Just contact the county/state roads department, (by whatever name
they may use
: in your area,) and have them come out. Point at the standing
water, and then
: point at your neighbor's culvert, which is above the waterline.
Then, tell them
: to have a nice day as they go tell your neighbor his pipe is too
that's why i LOVE this group!
contact whatever agency handles flooding in your town, county, city,
etc. show them the neighbors culvert and they should take car of the
problem.... its their job to take care of it, if you dont complain then
they dont know there is a problem.. so complain, complain, complain..
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