Lot Grading

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Lot grading in home construction refers to the process of shaping and leveling the land around a building site to ensure proper drainage and water management. The primary goal of lot grading is to direct water away from the foundation and other critical areas of the property, preventing water accumulation and reducing the risk of flooding, erosion, and damage to the structure. 

Slope Creation: Establishing a gentle slope away from the foundation to channel water toward designated drainage areas such as swales, storm drains, or retention ponds. The typical recommended slope is about 5% (6 inches of drop per 10 feet of horizontal distance).

Soil Distribution: Moving and compacting soil to achieve the desired land contours and elevations, ensuring stability and proper support for the foundation and landscaping.

Drainage Systems: Installing drainage solutions such as French drains, surface drains, or underground piping to efficiently manage and redirect water flow.

Erosion Control: Implementing measures like silt fences, retaining walls, and vegetation to prevent soil erosion and maintain the integrity of the lot grading.

Proper lot grading is crucial for the long-term health and safety of a home, as it helps prevent water-related issues like basement flooding, foundation damage, mold growth, and landscape deterioration. It is typically planned and executed during the initial stages of site preparation and construction.

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