Let me fill you in on the story of my nasty neighbors. The City was expanding the freeway here in our fair city and so Mr. and Mrs. Nasty were in the way of said freeway. City buys their house and moves them right smack into my neighborhood. Right smack next door! Tried to be friendly, said hello.
First problem is the next day. Mr. Nasty comes over to the fence and demands that I redirect the gutter downspouts from the side of my house facing Mr. Nasty’s newly-paid-for-by-the-City property. My downspouts extended to the fence line which was not against any City ordinance. But, in an effort to be an accommodating neighbor, I removed the extensions on the downspouts that had been in place since I moved in quite a number of years ago. The downspouts now are four feet ten inches from the fence line (my house is only five feet four inches from the fence line) and the fence line is approximately thirteen feet from Mr. and Mrs. Nasty’s house, making a total of approximately seventeen feet from my downspouts to their house. Both properties slope slightly to the fence line and the water runs off from both properties flowing through that slight valley toward the street. That’s the way the properties have been since I’ve owned mine and to the best of my knowledge it has not been changed since the houses were built in 1961.
Second problem, Mr. Nasty complained about my sump pump outlet. Mr. Nasty did not like where it was located. I’m not sure why since that outlet was non-functional anyway. The functional sump pump was at a location not even bordering Mr. Nasty’s property. He just wanted to complain.
The problem was that Mr. Nasty was getting water leakage in his house. It is common knowledge in this area, that the entire subdivision where I live is built over underground springs and all the homes on the west side of the street have water problems in the basements which require one or more sump pumps along with various other water control methods. In fact, my own home had basement water problems when I moved into it so many years ago. I had the basement floor torn up and a basement waterproofing drainage system installed to work along with the sump pump already in place which is what Mr. Nasty should have done.
As an added complaint from Mr. Nasty, he mentioned that I had no rain gutter on the side of my home. Duh, it has a gable roof with the gable end facing Mr. Nasty’s property. Gable roofs do not require rain gutters on the gable ends. Duh!
All of that was within the first week.
One of the perks of being a writer is you can take out your frustrations by killing people in very excruciating ways!
Stay tuned for what happened next.