With our current temperatures in the Dallas Metroplex hitting 100+, its very important to remember to take care of your home’s foundation as this is criterial during our heat wave. In our North Texas area, we have a clay soil that is well known for being expansive in nature. So ensuring a proper watering program is in place is essential.
Here are some ways to implement a daily watering program for your foundation.
1) If using your sprinkler system let the system run approximately 15-20 minutes a day and best to run when sun has gone down. Make sure the water is not splashing directly on your house or right next to foundation. Ideally, the water should land about 10-15 inches from your foundation. The ideal is to try to maintain a constant level of moisture around your foundation in order to prevent it from becoming too dry or wet.
2) Now if you don’t have a sprinkler system, you will want to utilize soaker hoses (they can be purchased at any local home improvement store). You will want to run them around the perimeter of your home. Run them for 45-60 minutes a day to help them protect your foundation from cracking or moving.
Key point to remember is to NOT over water your foundation. Over watering can push the soil upwards and can also ultimately lead to possible damage.
Source: HD Foundations Inc.