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?