Hello TPF friends,
I am new here and not familiar with the swimming pool technology. Would like to get your expert knowledge in solving my backyard water problem that seems to be coming from a neighbor's swimming pool.
I have been living in my current house for 19 years without any backyard water or sump pump water problems. Last year we got a new neighbor in the house right behind my backyard. He installed an in ground pool in his small backyard. Since then my backyard is getting flooded. After this brutal winter, we were able to investigate the problem. We also found that the neighbor had a big PVC pipe discharging some of his backyard and sump pump/gutter water into my backyard. After talking to him, he sealed off that pipe. But that hasn't solved the water problem.
Somehow the in ground pool has re-pitched the underground water stream to my backyard. I think that his backyard is so small, all the underground water is overflowing to my backyard. I don't see the water source, but I see puddles of water all over my backyard. The worst part is that my sump pump is running every "6 seconds" as compared to running once every week before the swimming pool installation.
Originally I thought we have a piece of Conservation Easement property and water is coming from that side. So we called our township for an inspection. Upon inspection, the township is asking the neighbor to install a pump system and fix the water drainage issue. Nothing has happened so far. I'm still waiting patiently to see what the neighbor does.
I would like to learn more about this problem and fix. What should I expect the neighbor to do in order to get rid of the water problem completely? How do I make sure that the pool was installed properly with compliance ? How about the township permit? Shouldn't they do some water table study before handing out a pool permit?
What are my rights here? I am already getting some mold issues in my basement. Also I have so much sump pump water now, I have to install an under ground PVC pipe to take my sump pump water to the street at $1400 expense.
Appreciate your insight here.