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Maintain, Drain, and Watch the Rain

Winter seems to be over, and the ground is saturated with snowmelt and rain. When it's quiet enough you can actually hear water percolating through the soil. Spring rains will bring even more moisture.

Saturated soils tend to settle, and the more recently your lot was developed or regraded, the more likely the soil will settle unevenly. It is an excellent time for homeowners to make sure all this water is draining properly -- and that means it should be draining AWAY from the foundation. Nobody likes a wet basement.

And while you're at it:

Visit PATH's Site Work Rehab Guide and Chapter 3, Sheathing, of the Rehab Guide on Roofs. Also see PATH's previous Tips of the Month on Energy and Water Saving Landscaping, Weatherizing Your Home, and Moisture and Mold.

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Durability By Design: A Guide for Residential Builders and Designers

Content updated on 9/13/2005

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