Greetings and Regards from SBGville.
This spring, of course, has been slow to come, but last Saturday, we had some real warmth and melting. We have lived in our house since 2007 and never before have I ever seen a melt like this one. Normally, it has been relatively quick and I have seen no water problems whatsoever. This year, however, the ground on the south and east side of our house (south being the back yard) was covered in a thick sheet of ice, evidence of the extremely slow melt. On Saturday, water was pooling up against the East side of my house. Uh oh. There was an obvious water path from the back yard and my neighbor and I chipped through the 3 inch think ice down to the street to provide a path for water to run. That stopped the flow of water from the south. I figured everything was good. But, water continued to pool up against the house. It was then that I noticed a small area along the east side of the house that sloped toward the house. Nice. In addition, I pulled out some bushes late last fall, leaving some holes along the house, right in the path of that east to west slope. Bonus!
I ended up buying four bags of top soil and building a little dike to protect the house and direct water from the East side back over that tiny ridge and toward the street. That worked. I’m from Eastern North Dakota, don’tcha know, I should know a few things about redirecting water flow. Once the ice in the back yard completely melts, I’ll remove the dike and contemplate a more permanent solution.