PROPERTY DRAINAGE HINTS TO HOMEOWNERS
Proper planting of slopes prevents erosion. Keep plants watered, but do not overwater. Replant barren areas.
Make inspections during rains. This is when trouble occurs. Watch for gullying. Correct problems as soon as possible.
Sandbags, tools, and sheets of plastic may come in handy during heavy rains. Keep them available.
If unusual cracks, settling, or earth slippage starts, immediately consult a qualified civil engineer or geologist.
Do not alter your slopes or drainage without expert advice. Consult a state licensed civil engineer.
Do not let conditions on your property create a problem for your neighbors. Work with neighbors to minimize problems.
It is unlawful to divert flows from their natural path to the detriment of your neighbors.
Normal property drainage must flow to the street or an approved drainage device (Fig. 21, below). When landscaping, homeowners should avoid disrupting flow patterns created when the property was originally graded. Obstructions such as patios, sidewalks, and decks must not be placed in side swales unless an alternate method of drainage is provided. Deep ponding and saturation of the soil can result in severe property and foundation damage.
DETAILS TO Fig. 21