over 5 ft.) starting from the outside wall of the house is enough to keep water away from the foundation.
Gutters play a crucial role: They carry thousands of litres of water every year.
During heavy rain, they can collect up to 10,000 L of water – half the volume of a 15 ft. A word of caution: Are your downspouts connected to the subsoil drainage pipe or the municipal sewer system? This is against National Building Code standards and many municipalities’ bylaws.
Water has nowhere else to go but to seep into the most vulnerable points – the base of the foundation or small cracks.
A slope of as little as 10 to 15 cm over 1.5 m (4 to 6 in.
The Bakersfield–Delano Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Kern County, had a 2010 census population of 839,631, making it the 62nd largest metropolitan area in the United States.