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


Bellingham Home Inspector (King of the House) Perimeter Slope

 One issue, often found to be present during the course of a home inspection, is perimeter pavement or soil that slopes toward the home. Here in the northwest, more often than not, houses have crawl spaces and not basements. I have even seen soil or pavement slope directly toward a crawl space vent. Below is a shot from an inspection, this is my indicator to myself, often displayed in reports, to get the point across about the slope of the soil. 

This is, in most cases, not difficult to correct by grading soil. But, if the problem is not corrected, it may not be a benign issue. It can lead to water entering the crawl space or the basement, when a basement is present. Soil should, as a guideline, be graded with a slope away from the house. A slope with a drop of about 1" per foot for 6 to 8 ft away from the house is beneficial. And, if it is pavement sloped toward the house, not allowing water to soak into the soil at all, this problem can be exacerbated and it will be necessary to re-slope or replace the pavement.

Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 3 commentsSteven L. Smith • January 21 2012 12:07PM



Seems this happens all too often at homes. This is the next conducive condition on the list. You should just use one finger ; )

I had one that looked like a river had been moving through the place.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

You would think with all the rain they get seasonally, those Oaxacans would figure this out.  Good thing you are there to keep them straight Mason!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Mr Jay,


You are just a big goof offs. I is not counting on you to gets me home this year. I will count on family conexions.


Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 8 years ago