Any ground that slopes towards your house can allow water to seep through imperfections in the foundation, which can cause wood rot and mold. Ignoring these issues can cost homeowners hundreds of dollars. Continue reading to see why the ground should slope away from your home!
This is a Preventative Maintenance Task!
Water can seep through small cracks and behind basement walls causing wood rot and mold. Insects and termites also live off the water that soaks the wood. These damages can cost you lots of money in the future.
Tasks can be done by: Homeowner, handyman, concrete and asphalt contractor
Why The Ground Should Slope Away From Your Home | Task Steps
Step 1 – Make sure the ground slopes away from your home
- Examine to ensure all ground areas are draining away from the home.
- If you are uncertain of the slope, use a level on top of a 2X4 to help determine the slope.
- You’re going to want to make sure water cannot seep into cracks and cause settlement or freezing, which can in turn cause separation and more cracks. Use a hose to spray water on the ground to make sure it drains away from the home and foundation.
- Tool List: level – 4 foot
Step 2 – Fix ground sloping problem areas
- If your ground slopes towards the house, you need to fill with dirt to a level, making the water drain away from the home.
- If this is too big of a job for you, contact your HomeTeam professional.
- This may seem like a small problem, but water damage could cause more significant, more costly issues if the ground slopes towards your home.
- Tool List: Wheelbarrow, shovel
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