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Q and A: My neighbour has a storm drainpipe without a drain, the water is soaking through my wall.



Article 1038 [ added on 16-11-2011, updated on -- ]

Q: My neighbour has a storm drainpipe without a drain, the water is soaking through my wall and he has said i need to get my inside wall lined, is this correct and would this stop the water entering in my property? The basements in our houses are on a hill and i believe that my house is being used as a soak away, as water has to go somewhere is this correct?

I have no other damp problems, and the water over time has found a route into my house. I am frightened to block this up has it may cause further problems what can i do.

A: Assuming the defective downpipe is the cause of the problem and it is your neighbour's exclusive responsibility, he/she can be compelled to fix it. Lining your wall will cure the symptom not the cause. If possible resolve the situation amicably.

You could approach your Local Authority to establish if the water problem is a statutory nuisance, if so the Authority might compel your neighbour to carry out the remedial work. Use this procedure as a last resort as it will almost certainly inflame the situation.

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