08-16-2012, 08:28 PM
Hello everyone, I'm new here, and I'm in the process of purchasing a new (to me) home. The inspection revealed that rain water was flowing down the neighbors yard towards the house. The inspection showed very minor upheaval in the center of the foundation possibly due to the poor drainage. He suggested adding a french drain to prevent any foundation issues, but of course $2500 for a french drain is a little tough while purchasing a new home. What about digging a channel that would allow the water to flow naturally towards the street? I've included a photo from the house we are looking to purchase, and a nearby neighbor who dug a channel in his yard. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.