Are you having problems with water not draining properly on your property? If so, grading may be the issue. Although grading is an essential way to make sure that water flows off your property, instead of on it, many homes are incorrectly sloped.
Below, you’ll learn the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we get about grading. Specifically, we’ll explain why grading is so important, how you can check your grading, and what you should do if yours is off. We hope this helps you protect your property from water damage.
Why Is Grading Important?
Water damage is one of the biggest problems that a home can have. It often leads to problems with the foundation, and proper draining can help prevent that. Positive grading is simple enough to understand: it means that the ground around a building is sloped so that water is going to drain away from it. Typically, we recommend that the ground slope down six inches, keeping the water at least 10 feet away from the property.
It’s important to note here that negative grading is also possible, referring to the situation where the ground around your property is sloping towards a building. This is even worse than having no slope and should be corrected as soon as possible.
How Can You Check Your Grading, And What Should You Do If Yours Is Off?
Usually, you can see whether you have a positive, negative, or neutral grading on your property, If you have a positive slope and there are still grading issues, we recommend calling in professionals who will be able to give exact measurements and determine the solution your property needs.
Unfortunately, there will sometimes be situations where it’s impossible to simply correct the grading. This is common if the space around the property isn’t large enough to allow for proper draining.
In this situation, you’re going to want to create a swale surrounding your property. This is similar to a mote, ensuring that water flows away from your house, even if it doesn’t flow entirely off your property.
Expert Grading and Regrading Services in South Jersey – Almand Bros
If you’re looking for expert grading services in South Jersey, you’ve come to the right place. For more than 35 years, Almand Bros has been committed to helping South Jersey residents with their property, ensuring that it’s beautiful and protected against the elements.
If you have additional questions you’d like to ask about our grading services, you can do so by calling (856) 310-1390 or filling out our contact form. Alternatively, you can also get a free grading estimate.