Controlling the surface water around a home is an important but often overlooked step. Surface water refers to that which is introduced to the soil when it rains. The water, if not properly controlled, may lead to water penetration of the interior of the home and resulting damage to the structure, interior surfaces, and homeowner belongings. In addition, hydrostatic pressure created when water accumulates next to or below a foundation may cause structural damage to the foundation.
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The best methods for controlling the surface water are contingent upon local weather patterns, the type of soil, and the type of foundation of the home. However, the most common approach to properly divert water away from the property is the use of gutters and downspout systems, combined with proper surface grading around the home.