To-Do #2: Check Foundation Drainage

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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.