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"We are lucky. We had hired Rick on a recommendation of a friend to paint the interior of a house we had to sell. That house was 40 years old and looked it. I swear, I am so glad disco is dead. After Rick and his crew did such an amazing job painting, we had five offers within days, and sold the house within three weeks. Fast forward to what this job is about. We moved into our new home and while the previous owners had lived in it for 12 years and had made a few upgrades, the house needs to enter the 21st century. Our first order of business was to protect the repaired foundation. We called Rick and he came over. We told him ALL the jobs we wanted to work on, and he worked up a COMPLETE estimate for each. First was the Exterior. Before we could add gutters, we had to repaint the outside. God, I think the previous owners had it powder blue. I likely gagged when I saw bits of that color all over the place. Anyway, after we made the decision to start transforming our home, Rick told us a crew would be out the next day! Yeah, that was the sound of my jaw hitting the ground, folks. We were unprepared, but quickly jumped at the awesome timing. The team came out and power washed the house on Thursday. We had looked online and chose a quality paint color. Rick told my husband to take a screenshot of the color, TEXT it to him, and then Rick or his crew bought the paint. The team returned the next day and by the time we returned home from our jobs THE WORK WAS DONE. Paint AND gutters. I kid you not. Everything was painted, gutters matched the paint so well that I only knew they were a tiny bit off the color because that paint we chose doesn't come in the gutter selection. On Saturday, the crew came back and did minor touch ups. Rick came by on SUNDAY to see the work himself. I was busy working or I would have tackle hugged him to the ground. He was lucky to get away with only a handshake from my husband. So, yeah. I kinda love Rick and his gang. I've dealt with NIGHTMARE contractors. People who should not be permitted licenses. People who should be in jail for shoddy workmanship and rip-off prices. We'll be working with Rick Manning and his superhero team until this 1985 ranch house is mistaken for something out of Star Trek. The guy is awesome. We're excited to get to the next project, and I'll be sure to post here each time so you all know how it goes."

Jon & Tricia in Parker - Sep 2013

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Watering Your Foundation

Crack in FoundationTripple digit temperatures are here…and they put strain your home’s foundation.  Having a watering schedule for your home’s foundation can relieve the strain and prevent costly repairs.

How should you set up a watering system?
There are several ways to go. The most common is a soaker hose system. First, measure the area around your house where you can lay a soaker hose so you can purchase enough hose.  While you are at the hardware store, pick up a three way spigot splitter so you can run soaker hoses in both directions around the house, leaving an extra connection for garden hoses.  To make your life as hassle free as possible, install a spigot timer so that you can set how long and often you would like to water the foundation.  Adjust the timer for season changes in moisture. Remember to turn it off after a good rain. Turn it back on when it starts to dry out again.  Make sure to close any openings not connected to the soaker hoses so no excess water is flowing.

Where should you place the soaker hose?
Set your soaker hose in a shallow trench around your house that is 3 inches deep and 6 inches from the foundation.  Don’t place the soaker hoses any closer to the house. If the soaker hose is too close to the home, when the dry soil cracks, the water can follow the cracks under your home and create additional problems.  Loosely cover the soaker hose using the soil loosened from creating the trench.

When should you water?
Water more during hot, dry weather and less during cold, damp weather. The goal is to maintain a constant moisture level in the soil so that soil below the surface is damp – not soggy and not dry.  Start in the dry summer months with a daily watering regime.  It is best to water at night to reduce water loss to evaporation.  Soils dry out during cold, dry months so remember to water during dry spells in the cold months too.

How much should you water the foundation?
Use a screwdriver as a quick test to see if you need more or less water. Stick the screwdriver into the soil. Water more if it comes up dry. Water less if it comes up caked in mud.

Take a look at the the trees around your home. A single large tree can remove as much as 150 gallons of water, or almost 20 cubic feet of water, from the soil each day. Shrubs and other plants can also remove large quantities of water. Roots under your foundations can cause foundation damage by drying out the soil under your foundation and causing your foundation to settle.

If you are already seeing the damage the Texas heat has done to your foundation with clues like cracks in your walls, give Manning Remodeling and Construction a call at 214-316-1949.  We can repair the damage and help you set up the watering system that will prevent future damage.