Grading & Drainage

Spring in Texas can mean big rains followed by potentially long, dry summers. Does your yard have proper grading and drainage to protect your home? Here are a few things to know:

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  • Grading and drainage refers to the way your lot is engineered to deal with water runoff. If water from rains or your sprinkler system drains toward your home, you could end up with damage to your foundation, rust or corrosion, or flooding in your yard or at entry points like doors, windows, vents, or pipes.

  • Take a walk around the perimeter of your home and take note of high and low points to determine the direction of water flow. Any areas where the ground slopes toward the structure, or low points that allow water to pool – these are your problem areas.

  • If your lot is on an incline, you may need to create a swale to help make a path for water. A swale will assist with irrigation and help prevent erosion.

  • Your rain gutters and down spouts are an important part of this system as well. Make sure your gutters are free of leaves and other debris and your down spouts are pointed away from the foundation.

  • If you’re a DIY-er, you can purchase bags of dirt to adjust the slope of your yard. Here’s a useful guide if you want to try it. Or you can hire a landscaper if the issue is more challenging. A foundation repair professional or a home inspector can let you know if your home has any existing damage. I am happy to refer you to a professional I trust, if you need it!

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