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Hi all, i might be buying a new house contruction. the builder said the grading in that area is done from back to front. meaning, the land will slope slightly from the back of my lot to the street. there won't be any catch basins in any of the backyards. i'm concerned about this. i've read before that grading should be so that water is directed away from the house. but with this kind of grading, water will be going towards the back of my house. i would imagine that the land at the back of my house will be very soggy and the foundation back there will be wet most of the time. am i concerned for nothing? is this a common way of grading? is there a website that describes each type of grading in detail? i've tried looking but couldn't find any.

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thanks everyone for their opinions and experiences on this. I have emailed someone in the city who has forward my email to the appropriate person for this. i am waiting for a reply back.



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i have no idea. all the guy told me at the builder's sale's office is that the grading is from back to front. would you buy a house like that?

looking4ideas;227954 wrote:
I think you're right to be concerned if water will be running toward the house -- that's definitely not good. Is it possible that they're going to slope it away from the house to what they call a "swale" (basically a long indentation in the ground) and then up to the street from there? They may also be putting a drain in the swale -- in a former house, our neighbours had one but we lucked out in not having to have one in our backyard.

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