Path beside house: how to handle drainage?
Hi all. Folks over at the Old House Forum suggested I post this question here. I need to replace the walkway along the west side of my house, which as you can see from the pics is a very narrow passage. The current concrete path is breaking up and I am starting to get a little water infiltration in the otherwise-dry basement on that side of the house, right under where the concrete is cracking.
My big question is how to handle drainage for carrying water that runs off my roof overhang or off my neighbor's land out to my back yard. (I will be regrading the back yard and doing some hardscaping at the same time, so an appropriate runoff-handling system can be designed in.)
The fence running parallel to the path is the neighbor's and his property sits higher than mine. While runoff from his side yard hasn't been a huge problem, there inevitably some soil that comes down into this passageway in heavy rains like we've had this summer.
I'm thinking what I need when I put in a new pathway is concrete from the edge of the house sloping away towards some sort of drain system along the outer edge of the path, just my side of the neighbor's fence. What kind of drain setup would be practical to avoid clogging, avoid having standing water for mosquitoes, and have a surface that's easy to walk on and roll a bike or lawnmower over from the front of the house to the back? The path is so narrow between the dining room bumpout and the property line that I want to be sure I have as much walkable width as possible. It's not a high-traffic path, but it is the only passage from the front to the back yard, and it's the only level path that my mom can walk to get to the back yard without having to do steps into and out of the house, so a safe and non-challenging walking surface is important.