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How to Put in Drainage Between My House & My Neighbor's

By Robert Fears
A lawn drainage system should be safe for kids and adults.

Poor lawn drainage can create problems in maintaining healthy grass and other plants, make the lawn unsuitable for use during periods of wet weather and cause seepage into the house. So it is important to correct the problem. You will need to create a drainage channel that moves water quickly into the street or sewer following rain or other forms of precipitation. Safety should be part of channel design to avoid creating a hazard that causes people to trip or fall.

Identify drainage problems by watching water flow during a heavy rain.

Watch water move between the houses during a heavy rain and determine where it stops draining.

A shovel is a good ground leveling tool.

Remove any high spots of ground that are impeding drainage with a hoe and shovel.

Shovels, hoes and rakes can be used to build grades in small areas.

Grade from the foundation of each home downward to a middle point between the two houses. Slope the bottom of the two grades downward toward the street. The best tools for building slopes are a tractor with an attached blade. A shovel, hoe and garden rake can be used if the area is not big enough for a tractor.

Grass sod prevents erosion.

Lay grass sod on graded areas to prevent erosion.


Things You Will Need

  • Garden hoe
  • Shovel
  • Garden rake
  • Grass sod