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Proper grading is critical in preventing water from getting into your home. Grading starts at your basement wall and moves water away from your home towards the street. Dirt or sod should slope down from the wall at a continuous angle for at least 1.5 to 2 meters. If you have decorative rock next to your foundation, take measurements from where the dirt begins.
Good eavestroughs, downspouts, and extensions help improve your outdoor drainage.
For more information about lot grading requirements, visit the
City of Edmonton's website.