When ever it rains the end of my backyard has standing water about 1-2 inches thick my back yard has a small slope going down from the house to the back fence. The standing water is the entire length of my yard and comes in about ten feet. All of my neighbors have this same problem, the house to the left and right of me and the three houses that are on the south side of our fences. All of their grades are the same meeting at the fence line as the lowest point. Is there something I could do in my yard that would fix this problem at least in my backyard without "teaming up" with all of my neighbors to fix this?
the good news is, the slope is correct to protect the house.
the bad news is, you all have a drainage issue, and should consider checking the soil type with a big ol' hole. if you hit clay, game over.
if you hit sand or loam down 4 feet or so, then you can build a French (rockpit) drain and do a little contouring so the ends of the lot are higher than the French drain.
clay doesn't drain, doesn't accept much water, and holds what it does get, so that poses an issue if you have it. the only other solution is to see if you need a permit to set a sump and pump, bury a line, and run the overflow water out to the street drain.
sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
Given that your neighbors have a drainage issue at the base of the slope, I'm wondering if it was in fact created as a drainage ditch? Have you checked with your community public works department? Are there any signs of links in that area to a drainage system?
Swschrad is right about clay - it's miserable for drainage.
A last ditch (no pun intended) option is to create a bog garden. Seriously. Water loving plants will suck up the water.
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