Ask any home inspector and they’ll tell you that poor drainage around a house is one of the biggest contributing factors to foundation settlement, crack in foundations, house siding deterioration, dry rot and mold problems.

Did you know that one inch of rainfall onto a 2000sqft roof ‘accumulates’ nearly 1250 gallons of water that runs into the gutters and downspouts?

That’s a lot of water that should be diverted away from a house.

Today’s house construction includes a drainage collection system; where downspouts terminate into a drain line and surface drainage grates are installed at grade around the building to carry water away from a building.

Note that the surface drainage grate in the photo is several inches above grade… We can only surmise that the installer needed a laugh or went home early Friday afternoon.

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