Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)


Skagit, Whatcom County WA Home Inspection (King of the House):Reverse Perimeter Slope

One thing a home inspector should look at, at least in a wet climate like the Pacific Northwest, is the slope of the property. Is the slope of the land going to lead to water running back against the structure of the home? If the answer is yes, and soil is involved, it is hard to predict exactly what might happen. But if the soil is heavy clay, and drainage is pour, it could lead to moisture issues -- such as in the crawl space. On the other hand, if the soil has great drainage, then it may not be any problem at all. A more critical issue is concrete that has been poured or has settled in such a way that it slopes toward the home. The photo below, which just happened to be taken after a rain, shows that the rain is being diverted toward the basement. It would be much better if this concrete sloped the other way, so as to drain runoff water away from the home.

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Steven L. Smith


Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 0 commentsSteven L. Smith • September 25 2007 01:49PM