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.