My name is Mike Dunn, I live in Orland Hills, IL near Chicago. When it rains my backyard retains quite a bit of water. Which leaves my yard muddy for weeks after the rains. My yard is very small, perhaps about 15'x40'. The water fills up length wise. All of my neighbors have this same dip in the yard. I believe it is supposed to drain downward. In my case this means to the west. I am on slightly higher ground then the homes west of me.
I just had some foundation cracks fixed at the end of last year. I want to resolve this problem. Is there anything I can do? Can I level the yard? Also, I do not want to direct the water towards my house. Should I talk to my village and see what they say?
Any tips would be greatly appreciated.