It is that time of the year when we have occasional heavy downpours of rain. Make sure your gutters are clear and connected to downspouts that carry rain water away from your house. Proper grading of ground near your home is critical especially, during large scale storms. The slope should be at least one inch per foot diverting water to a runoff area. The quality of ground soil clearly affects the ability of the heavy summer downfalls to penetrate your house. You may need to consult experts to achieve the right mix of soil with clay content of 20-30%. Do not use sandy soil near the home foundation. These are very basic checks but, they are not always sufficient – stay vigilant.