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So.... My Neighbor is Dumping Water Into My Yard

post #1 of 48
Thread Starter 
Anyone here have experience with this? cwm12.gif

Guy bought the house uphill and to the right of me. He decides to redo the back yard. Installed an underground drainage system that collects all the water from his roof and pipes it to the rear of his garage. The outlet pipe is aimed right at my property, about 15 feet from my line.

When it rains, I get a river of his water running through my yard, across my patio and bouncing off my house.

Any suggestions on how I can deal with this ****??
post #2 of 48

Don't wuss out.

 

even I lost respect for myself.

post #3 of 48
Thread Starter 
I tried talking to him.
I offered to go to the Town sponsored mediation with him.
He tells me I'm an idiot for not realizing that water runs downhill.
I told him that there's a big difference between that and piping all his runoff into my yard as his personal drainage pit.
He told me to sue him.
post #4 of 48
My town & County has passed ordinances about storm-water run-off. We are now to keep our run-off on our own property with stuff like "rain-gardens."

If his run-off has been going off for several years, he could probably continue. If he just changed it, sue his ass, or built a dam on your property.

Make his side of the dam unattractive. Also you could erect a section of fence with a sign on it, that he would have to look at.

Call your town inspections dept, ask them what your options are.
post #5 of 48
Run a pump from your main sewer line up to his backyard and tell him that shiet really DOES flow uphill sometimes.
post #6 of 48
How about a dam along the property line. A foot high should do.
post #7 of 48
Thread Starter 
Longcaster, He just bought the place in '10 and put in the drainage system in '11. Had the town look at it last year. They did nothing.

The layout is all wrong for me to be able to dam the flow. The water would just collect there and soak into my property. Plus I'm in a burb neighborhood with 75x150 lots. Not a lot of room to maneuver.

I just had him served with a law suit claiming $200,000.00 in damages. Let's see how he likes me now....
post #8 of 48
get a couple of cans of spray foam and foam up the pipe during the middle of the night, that would stop the water from coming in your yard,
post #9 of 48
So sue him. If he won't do anything, your property is going to be in trouble.

I used to work in a town where someone did the same thing and he lost in court. A developer paved a new road and sloped it down where the water went and flooded a stream and horse farm below. Same thing, he was sued and lost.

I'm not into suing but if you spoke to him and he is not willing to help, take pics and video, and before pics you may have from the yard before he did this and get to a lawyer before all the water in the ground make for an even bigger problem for you. Good luck.
post #10 of 48
Your neighbor has an EPA problem that your town most likely will not take lightly. Call the town and tell them your neighbor just installed drainage which includes his driveway/garage waste to dump on your property and that you never received advance notice to ensure that he is EPA compliant that his run off is properly cleaned of toxic chemicals and that it will not cause a soil erosion problem on your property.



I will bet that he didn't properly permit the drainage systems as this is a big federal issue for the towns.


When I repave my driveway, I will have to install dry wells or a filter system to let my run off touch the street which feeds into the sump system.
post #11 of 48
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Originally Posted by NS Mike D View Post

Your neighbor has an EPA problem that your town most likely will not take lightly. Call the town and tell them your neighbor just installed drainage which includes his driveway/garage waste to dump on your property and that you never received advance notice to ensure that he is EPA compliant that his run off is properly cleaned of toxic chemicals and that it will not cause a soil erosion problem on your property.
I will bet that he didn't properly permit the drainage systems as this is a big federal issue for the towns.
When I repave my driveway, I will have to install dry wells or a filter system to let my run off touch the street which feeds into the sump system.

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post #12 of 48
Quote:
Originally Posted by NS Mike D View Post

Your neighbor has an EPA problem that your town most likely will not take lightly. Call the town and tell them your neighbor just installed drainage which includes his driveway/garage waste to dump on your property and that you never received advance notice to ensure that he is EPA compliant that his run off is properly cleaned of toxic chemicals and that it will not cause a soil erosion problem on your property.
I will bet that he didn't properly permit the drainage systems as this is a big federal issue for the towns.
When I repave my driveway, I will have to install dry wells or a filter system to let my run off touch the street which feeds into the sump system.

This is good stuff. That sucks Mike.....take this guy down.
post #13 of 48
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by gray gables View Post

get a couple of cans of spray foam and foam up the pipe during the middle of the night, that would stop the water from coming in your yard,

I thought of that but motive plus opportunity would point to me.

Loving the EPA angle. I'll pursue that!
post #14 of 48
Install a 15 dollar sump pump and pump it into a sprinkler system on his side.
post #15 of 48
Generally the neighbor would not be responsible for "natural runoff" but if he grades the soil or changes the natural runoff it is generally his responsibility and could be held liable for your damages.
Check Nolo page below



http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/neighbor-disputes-over-water-damage-29724.html
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