March Home Maintenance To-Do List

By: Danny Lipford
Checking slope of lot for proper drainage.

Checking the slope of ground for proper drainage.

To-Do #2: Check Foundation Drainage

To keep rainwater out of your home’s basement or crawl space, check to make sure that the ground slopes away from the house on all sides. For proper drainage, the soil around your home should follow the “6 in 10” rule: six inches of ground slope in the first 10 feet next to the house foundation.

If you have gutters on your house, make sure the downspouts have extension pipes or splash blocks on the ground at the bottom to direct any rainwater away from your home.

Watch our video on How to Keep Water from Damaging a House Foundation to find out more.

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  • Glenn Prestwood Says:
    March 1st, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I spoke with you a few years ago about adding a store room to the back of my garage. The problem was the slab was tilted about 6 inches. I asked your opinion of my proposed solution and you agreed. It worked perfectly.
    I had house leveled and I invite you to bring your crew to repair the cracks in my drywall and anything else around my house you would like to repair. I will make you a list as I am 70 years old and it is getting hard to make all the repairs I need.

  • Bertha Pobocik Says:
    March 18th, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I am a 75 year old widow and faithfully watch your show. One question, my cement block basement has a crack in the mortar 3 blocks down. What needs to be done? Your advice has helped me complete most home repairs myself.

  • Wendy Stone Says:
    March 3rd, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Hi Danny, i live on the mildew coast of Australia. Please show us a video to change ply cupboard doors to vented cupboard doors using dowels. If my thinking is correct this may elimate mould smells in rainy season…hopefully..tried damp rid..not working..thank you

  • G Mankin Says:
    March 2nd, 2015 at 10:40 am

    I need to replace my asphalt roof this year; is there a “barrier” that you can install on the roof deck before installing the roofing shingles that would make it more energy efficient?

  • Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    March 2nd, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Hi Steve,
    Glad to hear Wet & Forget worked well for you! Thanks for the feedback.

  • Steve S. Says:
    March 2nd, 2015 at 8:10 am

    PLEASE, take my word for it!
    “Wet and Forget” is fantastic. We discovered it last year during one of Danny’s shows. We’ve used it on our deck, our siding, our shower, etc. Unbelievable how simple to use. “Wet and Forget”

  • Frederick Grant, Sr. Says:
    March 2nd, 2015 at 12:11 am

    I have dark areas appearing on the asphalt shingles on my roof. Someone said it was a virus of some sort. Can you tell me the best way or product to remove it and what I might do to prevent it from returning.

  • Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    March 21st, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Hi Bob,
    The product that removes mold, moss, and mildew is called Wet & Forget. You can find out more at

    March 20th, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I caught the end of part of a radio show that talked about a product that can be sprayed on for mildew and it does not need washing off. The spokesman said you can find this product on our website which I have not be able to find. The radio show aired March 20, 2014 here in Florida on one of our local stations. Can you tell me the name of the product? thank you

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March Home Maintenance To-Do List