I'm a new home owner with new construction (2012). Almost all flat yard, house is at high point in yard. Clay/heavy clay soil. Near the property line, on both sides of the house, I have a ~10-15 ft. area that holds water and stays there for 1.5 - 3 days depending on how much it rains. Standing water is covered by my warranty for the new house. They came out yesterday to "fix" it. Their solution was to dig a swale in a U-shape from both sides of my house around the backyard and connecting with each other. My yard that was nicely flat (and it didnt hold water in backyard), now has this ditch in it that I hate because I like to play fetch with my small dog (I'm worried he'll get hurt running across it, and the pics don't show it, but the ditch is nearly 1 ft deep), and I'm allergic to mosquitoes which I think are going to love their ditch. They said the ground was wet and hard to do smooth grading today, so it's really bumpy right now. But they also said they are going to come back with dry soil and do fine grading...but they did put seed and straw down, which doesn't make sense at this point. I told the builder I'm not happy having a swale and I want them to flatten my backyard like it was before, and just build up the sides where the water is and install a french drain. What are my options here? I'm really upset with what they've done to my backyard 3 PICTURES BELOW.