We took possession in July 2018...had all the normal inspections for our area, and even got the seller to pay for a structural engineer, since disclosure statement said had to tear up, re-fill, and replace garage floor and first 20 feet of driveway. The garage had sunk / settled.
Engineer said house had some "settling" issues, but was stable now. Recommended some back fill around foundation.
Small unincorporated town of about 150, where everyone knows everyone. My current neighbor is good friends with one of the previous owners of my house (not immediate past owner). We got to talking over a few beers and I asked about the downspouts.
There are eight downspouts on the house, and all but two of them terminate in to the ground in to 6 inch corrugated drainage pipe.
I've been looking for the exits to the drain pipes in the yard, but never found any.
Previous owner: "Oh no, those don't drain out or exit in the yard. I just got a post hole digger, drove down 4-5 feet next to the house, filled with river rock, and ended it right there..."
I about fell of my chair!
So this spring I will be digging up my yard, installing drainage pipe that exists well away from the house.
The most fun one will be right next to driveway...I will have to go under the sidewalk. Ugh.