The terms “red tag” and “red tagging” are used in the residential building industry to describe properties that have been cited for structural problems or other hazards. Often, these problems are the result of unpermitted construction work. In the state of California, it is the law that land developers and property owners must obtain building permits before proceeding with construction. Taking steps to get a permit for a building or improvement project will strongly reduce the likelihood of a property getting red tagged.
The grading process is essential for most building, development, and land improvement projects. An engineered grade ensures a stable, pre-specified slope on and around the property to be developed. Grading is closely related to drainage. If you are building a house, the “grade” of your property needs to slope slightly away from the house at all points. This sloped design ensures that rainwater and other runoff are directed away from the home and its foundation. If grading is not done properly, it can result in water pooling against the foundation. Over time, this water can compromise the integrity of the foundation, leading to cracks, differential settlement and other costly issues.
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