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Watering Your Foundation - How to Prevent Costly Repairs

October 15, 2018

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Do you know that if your foundation gets too dry it can damage it? It’s exceedingly important to know what to do when extreme weather conditions affect the soil around the foundation of your home. You will need to know what actions to take to counteract any damage.

Knowing the type of soil that’s on your property will help you a lot, as some hold moisture greater than others. For example, sandy soils do not generally hold the humidity as well as clay soils. On the other hand, even though clay holds the moisture better, it can be significantly affected when a drought happens.

Preventing Foundation Moisture Issues

We are going to go over some measures that you can take to defend your foundation against having too dry of a base.

Inspect Your Foundation Often

The first thing that you need to do is examine the perimeter of your foundation for any damage. If you do notice any destruction on the outside or inside, you need to have it repaired as soon as possible.

When checking out the foundation, you need to look at the soil that is up against it. If it is drawn away from the base, then you are experiencing moisture problems that will need to be addressed as quickly as possible. You can also check by going down about a half a foot into the soil. This will tell you how extensive your issue is, and tell you how much it will need to be watered.

If you make sure to follow these steps whenever your area experiences dry periods, you should be able to discover any problems before they get too severe.

Putting a Water System in Place

There are different ways that you can go about doing this step, as there are soaker hoses or regular sprinkler systems that can be put in place so that you can provide water as needed. You can also go as far as adding a timer so that you know just how long the area is receiving water. If you cannot or do not want to do this you can water it by hand, but will take up a lot of your time.

The best mode of getting water to where it is needed is to have a dedicated drip line or soaker hose. If you choose to place a drip or soaker line, it should be set twelve to eighteen inches from the foundation. If the East and West sides of your residence are not shaded, then you will also need to water these zones a bit more, due to sun exposure during the day.

When you water your foundation depends on the amount of rain that your area has gotten. If you need to know the exact length of time, you can contact a foundation or landscape professional in your area.

As a general rule, if it is parched, you should run the water for about two hours every other day. But it is advisable to check with a specialist in your area. Make sure that you are following any watering restrictions in your region, so that you will not incur any fines.

Giving Plants and Trees Their Proper Space

Plants and trees can be beautiful to look at, but they can mean trouble for your foundation. The risk depends on the kind of plant or tree you have and its proximity to the base of your home. Trees should not be too close to your home, as the roots can stretch out wide and will pull moisture out of the soil for it to survive. When the dampness is being removed from the ground by trees or plants, it dries the soil that your foundation needs to stay pliable.

Putting in a Moisture Barrier

You can put in a barrier of mulch or plants that do not need much water. When you water this barrier, the mulch will hold the moisture longer and keep the sun from evaporating all the water. This is one of the quickest and easiest methods to prevent foundation damage.

By following the steps listed, you will be able to keep your foundation in better shape and not experience costly repairs. If you are not sure about evaluating the infrastructure of your home, you can contact an experienced company and they will be happy to do it for you.

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Mark Jacobs

Written by Mark Jacobs

Customer Service Manager Mark developed a passion for foundation repair in his formative years. Growing up in the family business has shaped the way he looks at homes and his ability to solve problems - from the ground up! He loves to read and keep up with the new technology that is constantly developing in the foundation repair industry. Outside of work, he loves adventuring with his family, spending time by the water, and has a passion for cooking.

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