Your property is most likely the biggest asset you own.
Whether you’ve got a house in a subdivision or a large piece of land where you like to spend the weekends, these properties require proper maintenance. And proper maintenance starts with one of the most crucial activities – land grading.
Land grading isn’t just for grading construction in new home builds. In fact, a proper land survey can reveal just how beneficial land grading can be for your home.
We’ll walk you through why land grading is so important to your property and give you the facts to keep in mind when approaching your own grading project.
Water, Water Everywhere
Drainage might be the first thing that comes to mind when you drive by a group of skid steers or excavators – and that’s for good reason. Water drainage can result in very costly damages to your property.
Water should always flow away from your building. With improper grading, water pools around your foundation wall. The weight of this water presses against the foundation and creates cracks and structural damage.
Standing water around your property also contributes to mosquito breeding. And we all know what a nightmare that can be in the hot summer months.
Positive drainage should be implemented around any part of your property that shouldn’t hold standing water – pools, gardens and paved areas. Standing water not only threatens your foundation but landscaping vegetation too.
Proper grading and drainage also prevents land erosion and ensures that water is being correctly diverted – whether through a system of swales, piping or simple pitch angles.
Your neighbors will thank you too. Improper land grading could lead to flooding in adjacent properties that YOU can be held liable for.
Land Grading Ensures a Proper Build
If building a new construction the initial grading work will set the tone for the rest of the project. It’s important you have a professional topographic survey taken to establish a plan. If you live in a climate with a wet season, grading should be done in the dry season to avoid runoff and costly return visits.
When grading your land it’s advisable to leave a “buffer zone” of vegetation to prevent soil erosion from the edges of your property. The piles of dirt creates from the process can most likely be used for the final grade and should be stored properly. Plastic coverings or sprayed mulch will prevent erosion from wind or rain.
Your property could also require grading regulations that need to be addressed. A professional grader will know how to follow this plan and protect your property as well as your neighbors.
It’s also important that the back fill around your foundation be properly addressed. Your foundation wall should have 6-8 inches showing. Too much wall showing above the dirt will create moisture problems and too little foundation can create a path for termites.
Landscaping Done Right
Whether you need to install irrigation or simply smooth out your yard for landscaping, proper land grading will make sure the future of your land is bright. Irrigation lines don’t create a separate drainage need, either, Once done correctly, irrigation water also drains according to the land grading plan.
Landscape grading removes the top soil to allow for the proper slope. It’s not only functional but aesthetic as well. Once graded, the whole perception and appearance of your property can completely change! You’ll love that final, completed look once the top soil is returned to smooth out those last touches.
Hire an Expert
You’ve gathered by now how important proper land grading is to your property. Don’t hesitate to let us be your professional grader for any sized project you need!