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5 signs that you have negative grading on your home.

Negative grading around your home can lead to various issues, including water damage, foundation problems, and more. Here are five signs of negative grading around your home:

  1. Pooled Water: If you notice standing water in your yard, particularly close to your home's foundation, it's a clear sign of negative grading. This stagnant water can lead to foundation damage, basement flooding, and the breeding of insects like mosquitoes.

  2. Soil Erosion: When soil around your home starts to erode or wash away, it's a sign that water is not properly draining away from your property. This can weaken the foundation and cause uneven settling.

  3. Basement or Crawlspace Dampness: A damp or wet basement or crawlspace is often a result of water seeping through the foundation due to poor grading. This can lead to mold, mildew, and damage to stored items.

  4. Cracks in Foundation Walls: Cracks in your home's foundation walls may indicate negative grading. As water pools near the foundation, it can exert hydrostatic pressure, leading to cracks and structural issues.

  5. Gutter and Downspout Issues: Clogged or improperly functioning gutters and downspouts can exacerbate negative grading problems. If they aren't directing water away from the house, it can worsen the grading issues.

To address negative grading, you may need to re-grade the area around your home to ensure that water flows away from the foundation. It's often a good idea to consult with a professional landscaper, drainage specialist, or foundation repair expert to assess and correct the issue.

Does your home have this issue?

  • 0%YES! My basement/crawl space stays wet!

  • 0%Nope all water drains away from my home!

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