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Defects in soil grade and water drainage around homes is a common problem that should be corrected to improve the longevity of your home's foundation performance. Things like high soils, low soils, erosion and improper drainage are normally easy to repair. These are sometimes a problem from the time a home is built and sometimes they happen over time.

High soil levels can contribute to water intrusion and wood destroying insects. High soil levels allow moisture to enter through weep holes, conceal observable defects in the foundation perimeter beam and hide the entry points of wood destroying insects. Proper soil level (including mulch) at the foundation should allow 4-6 inches of the foundation to be visible in all areas.

Improper grade slope may also allow unwanted water to damage a home's foundation over time or even enter the walls. Proper grade slope is when the soil is graded downward and away from the foundation at a slope of about 6 inches per 10 feet. Water should never flow towards the foundation.

Negative grade slope is when the slope is downward towards the house. Negative grade is a problem that should be corrected to prevent possible flooding, water intrusion into the home, water ponding, soil erosion and other problems.

Please visit our website to read the complete blog post about the importance of Proper Grading & Drainage Around Your Home.



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Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

The time to be sure of the grading around a home is before the foundation is installed. 


Feb 17, 2015 08:58 PM #1
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Between the soil engineer and the city, this gets done via insurance standards. After that, if there is a failure........the courts decide the issues

Feb 17, 2015 10:33 PM #2
Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA
Liz Harris Realty - Chandler, AZ

Background knowledge is always important, regardless of the situation or topic. Always best to know you're getting yourself into!

Feb 18, 2015 04:07 AM #3
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

This is an excellent post - Lots of good tips.

Feb 18, 2015 12:34 PM #4
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

David Selman surprisingly, I have seen 'negative' grades in garage! And wonder what must be happening in heavy rain.

Feb 18, 2015 01:32 PM #5
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