Home Maintenance #9 – Grading

Have you ever paid attention to the grading around your home? Or maybe you’re thinking “What’s grading? That’s OK. Grading is simply the slop away or toward your home.

The Soil near your home’s foundation should slope away from your home. If it doesn’t, rain and/or snow melt will get trapped next to your home where it will deteriorate your foundation and/or seep into your basement, if you have one. Both scenarios can cause catastrophic damage and can be very expensive to repair.

If you’re like me, a visual explanation may be more helpful:

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  1. I find that grading always comes up in home inspections. Making sure it's done properly and there's clearance from the foundation of the house.