5 Steps To Grading Your Yard For Proper Drainage 

When heavy rain or precipitation flows towards your home, water damage and moisture problems can occur.

You could also be subject to heavy flooding if you have poor drainage.

Proper drainage is possible only if your yard is gradated immediately. Learn how to grade correctly to prevent water damage to your home.

Yard Grading 101: Step-By–Step Guide

It takes a lot of work to level or grade your yard. You don’t have the necessary skills or experience to do this job properly. Contact your local contractor at Greenbar Excavation today!

  1. You Should Plan And Check For Potential Problems

Before you start the project, do a thorough inspection and plan of your yard and house.

  • Refer to your local digging guidelines and get the permits you need.
  • Make sure you inspect all of your pipes.
  • Mark utility lines such as water and gas, telephone, or electric lines . These marks will stop you from damaging them during digging.
  • You will need to identify the area where water should flow from your property.
  • The correct amount of dirt. It’s possible to need more dirt during the process so it is better to order in bulk.
  1. Find The High And Low Points

To determine how steep your property is, take a walk around it and measure the heights.

These are some reminders to keep in mind when marking high and low points:

  • The ground should slope away from your house or foundation in all directions dropping at least 2 or 3 inches for every 10 feet.
  • A lawn should have a maximum slope of 12 inches for every four feet.
  1. Determine The Level Grade Line

After you have marked your high and lowest points, you will need to determine the level of. This will allow you to know how much leveling work it would take. The horizontal distance and vertical distance make up the level grade line.

The horizontal distance can be measured by placing one stake at each end of the lowest and highest points. Then connect the stakes at an exact level with a string and measure.

Measure the distance vertically from your lowest point to determine the distance.

  1. Fill Dirt At Your Low Point

You can now use the dirt pile you ordered. Fill the dirt piles at your lowest points with a wheelbarrow to lift them up.

Water is not allowed to enter your home. Fill dirt higher than your slope, and against your foundation.

Use a rake to smoothen the soil. To soften the dirt, you can use plywood or a tamper.

  1. Plant New Grass Seed

You can now plant grass in your yard after you have stamped the soil. This is how to complete the project.

  • Sprinkle some seeds on the newly graded dirt
  • To set the seeds in the dirt, spread them lightly using the rake.
  • Take a bath in the dirt
  • To protect the seedlings from birds, cover them with hay. This helps retain moisture in the soil.
  • Re-water the yard. Regular watering will make your grass greener.

Get a grade for your yard now!

You can avoid water damage by grading your yard.

Land grading may not be for everyone. Anyone with limited experience can be hurt or have problems.

This post was written by Tanner Brown. Tanner is the Owner and operator of Greenbar Excavation. Greenbar Excavation is a fully licensed, insured, and accredited Excavation company based in Prineville, Oregon. Greenbar Excavation is one of the top companies for Septic pumping in Prineville Oregon. Don’t look further, go with the company with your best interest in mind!