When rain begins to pour relentlessly and starts flowing towards your home, it can do quite the damage. If your property isn’t treated with proper grading & levelling, it can do serious damage that can put your home at risk of heavy flooding. Water damage is something you do not want to deal with, as it can cost a lot of time and money to fix. The best way to avoid this issue is by grading your property, but how do you do it the right way? Here at Mondo EX, we would like to talk all about grading your yard and how to do it properly so water can disperse evenly and not put your home at risk of flooding & damage.
1.Always Plan Ahead and Analyze
Making sure your property has undergone a thorough inspection is crucial to make sure your property is graded in the right manner. Planning ahead and being certain you have everything in order to begin a project such as this is important. Things like:
- Reading up on your local digging guidelines & getting the right permits
- Taking a look at all of your pipes and creating window wells for any windows in your basement
- Marking utility lines for things such as your electric, gas, telephone and water
- Finding the closest drainage area on your property so you can direct the project into that area
- Ordering the proper amount of dirt — it’s better to have more than too little
2.Locate the High & Low Levels of The Property
When you begin to stroll around your property and look at what needs to be done, be sure to find and mark all of the high and low points of your yard. This will ensure you have a right measure of the slopes to properly grade all of it evenly/to your liking.
It is important to remember that:
- The ground should always slope away from your home in every direction and dropping at 2-3 inches minimum for every 10 feet of land.
- The largest slope of any lawn should be 12 inches per four feet.
3.Find the Level Grade Line
Once you have marked your high and low levels of your space, you can now begin to establish what is known as the level grade line. This determines how much work you need to do overall, and includes both the vertical and horizontal distance.
In order to measure the distance horizontally, place a stake at both the highest and lowest point. Now the easy part — simply take a string and connect it to both stakes, find the level you want and measure.
To find the vertical distance, all you have to do is measure the stake placed in your low point from the string all the way down to the ground.
4.Fill er’ Up!
Now you can grab your dirt and pour it into the low points so they are raised to be higher. The main goal is to ensure that no water enters the home and causes damage, so be sure that the dirt is level to the other parts of the property, as creating even the slightest slope can mess the project up and increase your risk of flooding/uneven water distribution.
The final step is evening it out with a rake and making sure everything is completely level. If you need to pack the dirt into the low levels, simply grab a plan of wood and use it to press down on any areas with loose dirt.
Let Our Team Help
If you want to avoid doing a tasking project like this by yourself and are in need of experts who can implement the work in the most accurate and professional manner, we here at Mondo EX have got your back. For years, our team has worked extremely hard to help with any and all of our customers demolition, excavation and grading projects alike. To learn more about our grading and levelling in Toronto and how we can help, be sure to phone us at (647) 619-6373 today!