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how to divert incoming water off property ?

Discussion in 'Roofing and Guttering' started by mrmisior, 14 Jan 2020.

  1. mrmisior

    mrmisior

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    Hi
    Have a problem with large amounts of water entering garden and submerging pavements around the house.
    Water should go down (it's a sloppy street) to next property but the neighbor built a 4 inch dam which makes the water pool 4 inch deep before it flows over.
    Can't build a dam on the other side, where the water enters, because it is a 4ft drop.
    I have a waterfall coming from the property on the other side.
    The 2 drains on the property are not coping with the amount of water during heavy rain (otherwise, regular rain is fine).

    My idea, stupid probably, is to make a hopper just below the "waterfall" and build a gutter along the fence all the way to the street (about 25ft).
    Street is a river anyway.

    If this will work, what should I use?
    Regular, plastic gutters or better 100mm waste pipes?
    Or anything else?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  3. noseall

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    Statutory nuisance? Public Health Act etc?
     
  4. mrmisior

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    thank you. i will give it a go, doesn't hurt to call. will not hold my breath. both houses on either side are council property. the rain water issue was presumably "resolved" for tenants by diverting the flow onto a non council property. there was a lot of paving and concreting done at the property up hill from here. the little "dam" on the other side is likely their creation too.

    still, i don't mind building a contraption to divert some or most of the water further onto the street, unless that is wrong?
    i can easily hide the whole "gutter" run in a hedge.

    https://www.screwfix.com/p/floplast-half-round-gutter-112mm-x-3m-black/65707
     
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    Use a deep line gutter along wall to cope with excess rain .You could add an acco drain to low side by low wall but more work.
     
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    In most cases this applies :-

    Under the law an occupier of land is liable for all natural as well as non-natural substances egressing from his land if they cause a nuisance to his neighbour. Accordingly, if your neighbour's rainwater causes a nuisance to you then your neighbour is liable for it and can be sued in damages.
     
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    That's broadly correct, but there isn't a nuisance from the rainwater entering, it's caused by the lack of drainage off the property. The neighbour uphill has an established right to drain across his downhill neighbour and has done it without causing a nuisance. It's not the case that changes on the property that then mean that drainage is causing problems is a nuisance, or something for the uphill neighbour to deal with.

    The OP also has the same established right, so the simplest approach is to tackle the infringement of that right; the 4" dam is unlawful.

    Probably need a property solicitor to advise on the best process for getting a remedy.
     
  9. Ian H

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    What about an ACO channel? Like a very strong gutter with a lid.
     
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    Put your concerns to the council about the 'nuisance' water.
     
  11. ^woody^

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    No, his right to to let the water drain naturally and the [OP] neighbour has to accept surface water naturally draining.

    The neighour has created an artificial dam and is causing this nuisance (even if the nett amount of water is still the same) the water is coming in a torrent not a trickle, and this is not natural.
     
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