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man117
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Los Angeles
Member since Jul 2009
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Water damage caused by neighbor....
Hi guys, I'm wondering if you can help me out. Built a house a house last year on an empty lot between two houses. Guy next to my house immediately put in a pool and fence by our property line when he saw I was about to build on the lot that had been empty for a few years.

My driveway is about 1.5 to 2 feet off the property line. He has a maybe 2-3" drainage pipe that goes under his fence and stops right around the property line. Just noticed that the pipe is starting to erode a hole under my driveway (I could get almost get my arm under there to my elbow).

There is a drainage ditch that runs behind our property and is the perfect place to redirect this pipe. I even offered to cover some of the cost if it is expensive to move. Neighbor isn't being helpful. Any advice on what my next step is? The neighborhood is nice and I know I worked really hard for this house, this is starting to irritate me.

I'm in Lafourche parish if that matters.
This post was edited on 8/10 at 11:06 am


7LSU7
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re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
Meet him at Sonic?


man117
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Los Angeles
Member since Jul 2009
559 posts

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Meet him at Sonic?


Sigh, I went to the moneyboard hoping I could avoid that.


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Huey Lewis
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BR
Member since Oct 2013
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re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
Call public works and find out what the parish drainage plan allows on your street. Aiming a drain pipe toward your property is probably incorrect. Assuming this is the case, have them handle it.

If that doesn't work/in the meantime, it would be a shame if the pipe got clogged somehow.


SLafourche07
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He has a maybe 2-3" drainage pipe that goes under his fence and stops right around the property line.



Rig something (bucket, kiddie pool) to catch the water. Go to Lowe's. Buy a sump pump and a water hose. Shoot it back into his yard over his fence. I bet he'll talk to you the next time he sees you.


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Ric Flair
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Charlotte
Member since Oct 2005
9049 posts

re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
Fill the erosion with dry quickcrete (including the end of the pipe). Top dress with dirt.


baldona
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Florida
Member since Feb 2016
4669 posts

re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
First I'd call the parish and see what they recommend, probably not give them specific information so they don't come out before you have a chance to talk to your neighbor. Then after talking to them, I'd send your neighbor a certified letter so you have proof he received it and you sent it. Depending on what his response is, I'd go from there. Chances are the parish will help you.


TigerDeBaiter
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Anyway, I wrote him a polite letter and put it in his mailbox (I don't have any contact info for him, and he has big dogs in his yard on guard


I'm almost positive it's actually illegal to put notes, etc. in a mailbox. So stop doing that. Mainly because this guy seems like a total dick.

You have his address. Look that up in your local tax website to get his name and send him a certified letter. Get a professional opinion on the matter first.

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He has a maybe 2-3" drainage pipe that goes under his fence and stops right around the property line.


It's also illegal to drain on a neighbors yard. He probably knows that and is why he's avoiding you. It sounds like him or his contractor took a shortcut and stopped the drainage and/or just thought since it was an empty lot at the time "no big deal". He should fix it though.


Barneyrb
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NELA
Member since May 2016
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I'm almost positive it's actually illegal to put notes, etc. in a mailbox. So stop doing that. Mainly because this guy seems like a total dick.


Yes, that is a federal offense.


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man117
LSU Fan
Los Angeles
Member since Jul 2009
559 posts

re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
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I'm almost positive it's actually illegal to put notes, etc. in a mailbox. So stop doing that. Mainly because this guy seems like a total dick.

You have his address. Look that up in your local tax website to get his name and send him a certified letter. Get a professional opinion on the matter first.


I didn't know that. Thanks for the info.

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It's also illegal to drain on a neighbors yard. He probably knows that and is why he's avoiding you. It sounds like him or his contractor took a shortcut and stopped the drainage and/or just thought since it was an empty lot at the time "no big deal". He should fix it though.


I believe that is what happened. If I had to guess, the pipe has something to do with his new pool. When he saw I bought the property and was about to build he threw in a pool and a fence (and had the heavy equipment for the install brought in over my property so he could rut up my yard and not his). I'm just going to try to contact the parish and see what they say. I am done trying to work with the guy because he obviously doesn't care about his neighbors. I had even initially offered to cover some of the cost and it's not my screw up.
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man117
LSU Fan
Los Angeles
Member since Jul 2009
559 posts

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First I'd call the parish and see what they recommend, probably not give them specific information so they don't come out before you have a chance to talk to your neighbor. Then after talking to them, I'd send your neighbor a certified letter so you have proof he received it and you sent it. Depending on what his response is, I'd go from there. Chances are the parish will help you.


Hopefully the parish can help, I will try contacting them today. I'm not going to try talking to the guy again. He wants no part of that.


JetFuelTyga
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re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
Keep us posted. Curious of verdict. Good luck


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BeerMoney
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Jul 2012
4384 posts

re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
If I were you I'd force a conversation. Some people aren't a-holes they just see the world through a totally different lense which makes them seem like a-holes. This dude might just have shitty interpersonal skills.

I had a similar situation where my old neighbors yard drained in to mine due to a tree. It was causing some issues with flooding my backyard. I explained it and he was just just sort of blank staring. So I told him look I'm going to build something to divert the water. He said OK and I did. I basically setup a mini levee that forced that shite over his tree area. Guess what, ole boy cut down that tree and cleared his drainage area. He wasn't an a-hole just kind of a dumb old redneck in general.

Just as another thought. There are drainage companies out there. I would think maybe a few of those companies would know the rules. I don't know about where you live but I have seen a few advertised in Baton Rouge.


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Chad504boy
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Fill the erosion with dry quickcrete (including the end of the pipe). Top dress with dirt.


please do it


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hungryone
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river parishes
Member since Sep 2010
6099 posts

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I'm in Lafourche parish if that matters.


Oh, Lord, good luck. I swear, Lafourche has more unaddressed drainage issues than any other place on earth. And I doubt that your parish code enforcement is going to do anything to help you out.

Take photos right now; then go back and take photos when the pipe is draining to show how the water affects your property. Is this something you can fix by adding a few sacks of pea gravel to create a bit of a sump area/french drain? I wouldn't lawyer up or send a certified letter until all other avenues were exhausted. If you think he's a jerk now, he will not improve once you insert an attorney into the matter.


Chad504boy
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re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
since his pool is so close to your property line, can't you make a pvc connection to his drain line and shoot it back into his pool from your property line without intruding on his property?


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LetsgoGamecocks
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Member since Sep 2014
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re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
YES!


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BabyCakes
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Northshore
Member since Nov 2016
61 posts

re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
Sounds like you've tried to be reasonable. Do you have a Homeowner's Association? If so, are there any regulations on drainage?

I would also consult a lawyer. The next step for me would be a demand letter.


poochie
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Houma, la
Member since Apr 2007
3476 posts

re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
This Is why I am anti-neighborhood.


tigeraddict
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Baton Rouge
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