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Water damage from neighbor's yard

Posted by Abraham Benavides on January 8th, 1998 02:12 PM

My neighbor's lot is higher than ours. We are
working together to resolve the problem which, when it
rains heavily, his backyard floods and the water goes
into my house along the wall causing damages to the
carpet, etc.
We are consulting a landscape expert who has suggested
several alternatives including a "french drain"
combined with another pipe which will take the water
from the gutter down spouts and carry it to the street.

I am uncorfortable about the french drain since I have
a hard time picturing the perforated pipe taking the
water away from my foundation.

Can you shed some light into this? What other
alternatives are available.

I have seen a system consisting of connecting
PVC canals with grids on top which I think could
do a good job carrying the water from alongside
the house to the street? Any thoughts or
suggestions? Why is the french drain uses as opposed
to a ditch with grids on top? Is is economical

I will appreciate your inputs. None of these
improvements are inexpensive and us and the neighbors
would like to make the decision which will fix the problem
for good.


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