Asked on May 10, 2016

Keep mud from draining onto my patio

by Debbie
Water and mud are draining off hill onto my patio. I live in an apartment.
  8 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 10, 2016
    I would speak to your Landlord.
  • MN Mom MN Mom on May 10, 2016
    Speak with your HOA or complex manager. They may need to adjust the landscaping or drainage.
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    • MN Mom MN Mom on May 11, 2016
      It has been a long time since I rented but I would hope that if my tenants were getting water damage that I would want to fix the issue. You're right...a couple sand bags might do the trick!
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on May 11, 2016
    There is a thing known as sculpturing of the land to direct water but it is not as easy as many might think since the water has to go somewhere. Plants and a good stand of grass on the hill between the slope and you, along with some sculpturing can probably solve this. But there is not way to prepare for severe spring rains that can dump volumes of water within minutes.
  • Ruidoso Ruidoso on May 11, 2016
    Unfortunately you don't own the property. All you can do is to talk to the management. Cement blocks can be put up with plenty of dirt and grass added to divert the water.
  • Cathy Cook Cathy Cook on May 11, 2016
  • Carolyn Carolyn on May 11, 2016
    First, owner should handle. If they refuse, option of buying cement blocks, lining all along patio. A cheaper "help" might be to get free clumps of liriope "monkey grass" and do a thick border around patio. It could block some or all as gets very thick both on roots and foliage. Most anyone that has it already would not mind sharing. It multiplies fast
  • Jennie Lee Jennie Lee on May 12, 2016
    How deep does the water get? If it only gets a few inches or less deep, buy flower bed border that's one long roll, and push it into the space between the ground and the patio, leaving enough above ground to dam up the water. It may be a nuisance to step over it, when you leave or enter the patio, but it"s cheap, not bad looking, and can be easily removed later.
  • Shelley Kelley Shelley Kelley on May 12, 2016
    I too have a similar problem, I have told management still waiting after a year. So I went and got some patio blocks and dug down and laid the blocks so they are even with the patio, this also gave me 12 more inches of space. Now they have screened the patio's in but still have somewhat a problem but noticed the rain water was coming from more off the roof than the hill. If you are handicap and have a patio with a doorway, they can put in some sack-crete to make like a handicap exit off the patio. I am going to just ask the yard guys to fix it for me. I think if they dig deeper than I could and angle the patio stones facing away from the patio it will help. Good Luck.