March Home Maintenance To-Do List

Checking slope of lot for proper drainage.
Checking the slope of ground for proper drainage.

To-Do #2: Check Foundation Drainage

To keep rainwater out of your home’s basement or crawl space, check to make sure that the ground slopes away from the house on all sides. For proper drainage, the soil around your home should follow the “6 in 10” rule: six inches of ground slope in the first 10 feet next to the house foundation.

If you have gutters on your house, make sure the downspouts have extension pipes or splash blocks on the ground at the bottom to direct any rainwater away from your home.

Watch our video on How to Keep Water from Damaging a House Foundation to find out more.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Was looking for a link to the grout information talked about on the front page and did not find it.

    LOVE your TV show. I am hesitant to try these home improvement things, but I love to listen and build up my courage!

    Thank you

  2. sealing: is it necessary? What is the best sealer.
    How to clean: I use a paste of baking soda and water which works great, but is quite a chore. Anything better?

    Thank you

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