Neighbor Drains Pool Into the Swale Between Our Houses...Question

Puertex

Bronze Supporter
Jan 8, 2016
45
Pearland, Texas
Hello Fellow Members,
I live in a subdivision that has fairly strict HOA rules.
I moved here 5 years ago and noticed that after heavy rains, my neighbor drains the pool into his back yard.
He does not have an underground drain to bring the water to the front curb and when he drains his pool in his back yard the water frequently invades my driveway.
There are swales (like ditches) between our houses but somehow they are not shaped correctly and the water invades my driveway
Sometimes the flow is pretty serious and the event lasts a couple of hours.
I have taken pictures and sent them to the HOA a few times but it still happens once or twice every couple of months.
What do you all think?
Your opinions are appreciated.
 

JJ_Tex

Bronze Supporter
Jul 17, 2019
1,642
Prosper, TX (DFW)
I would think drainage would be a city code thing, not a HOA item.

As with any neighborly issue, I would think the first step would be to politely mention it to the neighbor so that they know it is a problem.
 

Newdude

Well-known member
Jun 16, 2019
4,510
NY
Does it damage your property in any way, or is it just an inconvenient puddle for a few hours ? If it was leaving you with driveway damage, or 3 inches of mud across said driveway I would not be happy either. A simple puddle I wouldn’t mind because you may need your fellow neighbors to look the other way one day for something else.
 

Rossterman

Well-known member
Jun 5, 2016
509
Martinez, CA
It’s likely that draining pool water is prohibited except into the sanitary sewer. I’d take the high road And explain that his water in overcoming the ditch and flowing onto your property. Ask him to relocate the drain so as to not overwhelm the swale. If he blows you off than conact your county health dept.
 

Puertex

Bronze Supporter
Jan 8, 2016
45
Pearland, Texas
Does it damage your property in any way, or is it just an inconvenient puddle for a few hours ? If it was leaving you with driveway damage, or 3 inches of mud across said driveway I would not be happy either. A simple puddle I wouldn’t mind because you may need your fellow neighbors to look the other way one day for something else.
It does not damage my property in any way I can identify.
Thanks !
 

Newdude

Well-known member
Jun 16, 2019
4,510
NY
It does not damage my property in any way I can identify.
Thanks !
Like JJ said, go talk to them. Maybe they have no clue and can easily change something to alleviate flooding you. They will probably be defensive no matter what, so go in with kid gloves on at first. Once they see you really just want to talk maybe they will try to work with you.

They may be embarrassed about it but have no other feasablie choice. Or they could just be jerks.

You still have every right to be bothered by someone else flooding your yard, even if i personally would let it go for the sake of neighborly relations. Keep us posted.
 

Arizonarob

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Mar 25, 2018
4,035
Chandler Arizona
I know out here in AZ, it’s illegal to dump your pool water into the street. We don’t have traditional storm drains here, they drain into retention areas.
Your supposed to drain to your sewer clean out located in front of your house.