• Todd Engle

Building on slopes


  • steep slope

  • The home inspector should note if a home is on a steep slope and, therefore, subject to erosion or movement. The maximum slope of a lot should be roughly 1-in-2.


  • negative gradingThe home inspector should note if a home is subject to negative grading or poor drainage. Water penetration could damage the foundation over time. Also, take note of driveways that slope toward the home.

  • high grading Wood siding and sill plates should be at least 6 inches above grade. Rotten sills will be crushed by the weight of the home and lead to settlement. Furthermore, a rotten sill weakens the anchoring of the framing to the foundation.

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