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Assessing drainage around buildings

Living the Country Life Radio Program with Betsy Freese

Make the grade

Drainage improves significantly if the soil has been properly graded.

"In the first 10 feet away from the home, you're expecting the soil to drop about 6 inches," Schwab says. "And then after that, the minimum grade of 1 foot for every 1,000 feet is OK. This is a general rule for the type of soil that you may have. If your soil doesn't drain well, then you might want to consider a little sharper grade than that."

One thing to remember is that sometimes, the fill used around a house settles and leaves a low area. You might have to add a few shovels full of dirt from time to time.

Learn more:

Gutter guidelines: Here's how to choose the best material and the right pieces for your gutters and downspouts.

Cleaning gutters: Dirty, clogged gutters can cause big problems with drainage. Learn how to properly inspect and clean them.

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