back yard flooding
Sorry for a similar post that is related to one in a different forum here. And sorry for the long post.
Have a major problem in my back yard. New home (less than 1 year old). Have had an area outside by basement sliding doors where there was water accumulating. Issue has been present since we moved in. In the Winter, there was no problem but since the Spring thaw, there is an issue with the water accumulating and draining out. The builder cam by to assess the issue and initially said that the area needed to be better graded, but the area is just not drying. He opened up a trench about a foot wide and 8-10 inches deep to let the water drain with minimal relief. I tried yesterday to push some of the water into the trench with a shovel, but the water just kept on coming up from the ground.
Today, the builder stopped by and had his guys dig another trench and opened it to the level of the foundation exposing the footing drain (about 1 foot at most deep from the ground) on both sides of the basement door. One of them is gushing and the black pipe is bubbling and the the water is now definitely draining, but not drying up (incidentally, this is the side that is beginning to have water seeping up through a settlement crack in the basement floor). The other side is showing stagnant water. The footing drain has been open to daylight further deep into the yard corner and has been putting out minimal water as compared to the other properties.
He says that the sprinkler person used the ditch witch and probably caused a crack in the pipe midway into the yard and that has caused the drainage problem. However, I do not think that is the case since there is no water coming up in that area of the sprinkler piping. My feeling is that there is a crack in the footing drain closer to the foundation. Basic law of physics, right?? If there is a crack the water will come out from that area, and not back up towards the foundation and gush out from there, right??
Any input into what could be causing this and what I should do to further evaluate this.