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Water Control Around Foundation

The best way to keep any structure dry is to keep water from coming in contact with it. To move water away from the home, each site plan should include a drainage plan for the finished residence. The finished grade around the perimeter of the structure should fall away from the dwelling at a minimum slope of 6 inches for the first 6 feet. After 6 feet the slope can be reduced to a minimum of 2 feet for every 100 feet.

Installing gutters, downspouts and splash blocks that direct rainwater away from the residence helps control the removal of rainwater. A good overall landscaping plan helps eliminate the possibility that water will be trapped near foundation.

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