I have a retaining wall in my back yard because my yard is a few inches higher than the house level. This is my first winter in this house. In a corner of my yard is a low spot. Due to the retaining wall the water cannot drain. I tried drilling holes through the brick so the water can drain out. It did not work. Does anyone have any other ideas?
Jon from Carlin, NV
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I have a yard that slopes toward the house and there is no drain. Is there anyway to fix my drainage problem without tearing out the entire yard and patio and putting in a drain? Thanks.
MP from Newport Beach
By Jo Bodey
By Jo Bodey
Just moved into my first home. The home sits at the bottom of two hills and yard is somewhat not level. Which has caused puddling and softening of soil in back yard due to water runoff from neighboring yards. It's a huge mess and with a limited budget. I need some temporary fixes that can by me time!
Katie from Richmond, VA
It seems to me that they dumped it onto an innocent buyer....and should have had to sign a "Seller's Disclosure Statement" that described the whole of any problems they knew about for your consideration. If they failed to mention it, you should have a case. See an attorney who will take the case on a "contingency", being paid only if you win the case, but do this only after contacting the Attorney General of your State, usually located at the Sate capitol and perhaps online, with the problem first.
I'd do NOTHING to try to fix the problem until then, just deal with it the best you can and don't make it worse in any way. Take down names, numbers, addresses. Have your title papers/closing papers in your hand when you begin. Send copies if they are needed to present your case.
Take pictures of your lot and home from many angles when the wettest, and have any original pictures of it when dry to show for comparison. Attach any Realtor statements in writing/print, or ads about it from the newspaper if sold "by owner". A photo is worth a thousand words, remember. Good luck and God bless and help you. : ) (01/27/2007)