Erosion at the foundation

Erosion at the foundation

Downspout discharge needs to be extended away from the house at least 6 feet if there is not an appropriate grade to carry the water away from the foundation. Appropriate grade is a 1 inch drop for every foot (for at least 6 feet) going away from each side of the house.  Standing water and erosion at the foundation will cause foundation movement, freeze/thaw cracks and/or water entry into the basement or crawlspace.