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Default Neighbor Draining Roof onto My Property

"Perry Aynum" wrote in message
My next door neighbor has run his black corrugated pipe from his
downspouts down to the back corner of our adjoining lot, right up the the
fence, and it is draining directly onto my property, and drenching the
footings of my shed.

I can't believe this is anything but intentional. In fact, he did it a
few years ago, and even more blatantly, and halfway from front to back,
instead of the back corner.

Do I have a reason to complain to the guy? Am I torqued over nothing?
Someone please talk me out of calling him and "politely" asking him to
move it again.

Or should I go out there at night, and push a long pole through the fence
and push the drain back onto his yard, and see if it magically reappears
again back towards my yard?

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.

Ivan Vegvary