Assessing drainage around buildings
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.
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