Water flows from higher to lower ground, so drainage problems are likely if your property is lower than neighboring properties. In general, your neighbors are not responsible for water runoff onto your property unless alterations to their landscape have changed the natural flow of water.
Water runoff from your neighbor’s property can spread throughout your yard, pool in low spots, or even collect near the base of your home. This water can create unsightly muddy areas and damage the exterior of your home and/or your home’s foundation, which can lead to water entering your basement or crawl space.
The best way to solve this problem is to collect and pipe the water away before it has a chance to damage your home. When protecting the value and usability of your property from water damage your goal is to capture excess water, move it away from your home and then disperse or store it in a safe manner.
If you do not immediately address water drainage issues you expose yourself to property damage, reduced functionality of your yard, health issues and “surprise” repair costs later.
The Wrong Solution, the “Quick & Dirty” Solution: Many homeowners believe they can solve their drainage problems by simply moving dirt (grading) or digging shallow trenches. These temporary fixes do not effectively solve the problem and can actually make the problem worse. The majority of homeowners report that they are unhappy with the results of temporary solutions – and end up trying another approach within 12 months.