Water should primarily run away from the foundation and only secondarily soak in.
Depending on the terrain you may need to make precision level measurements to be sure you have some slope away from the house. If you err the other way, you may be going down so fast you need to excavate portions of the yard to keep the slope going.
That's the way I see it. Had to slope it away from the house and one of the barns a few years ago.
Used the DR Grader, and it still took boo-ku passes.
A lot of heavy trucks in this year, needs it again this fall.
Just watch the yard after a heavy rainfall, take pics, and do it again.
In case anyone in the future is going to read this, the advice behind clay is thus:
You should remove the layer of topsoil and put down a layer of clay. What the clay does is essentially seal the soil beneath, acting as a water resistant layer. This allows ground water to soak through the topsoil and travel along the top of the clay layer to wherever you direct it. I am not an expert so I do not know how thick the clay should be or at what depth to place it, but this is the reasoning behind it.
Realistically the solution depends on what soil is present.
Last edited by NewHomeowner14; 11-11-2014 at 09:41 AM.