During the summer time, the composition of the clay soil around your home changes drastically. While building on clay is completely safe, proper precautions need to be met to ensure your home’s foundation is not damaged due to expansive clay soil. The most effective way to prevent this type of foundation damage is to water your home’s foundation. Here’s how watering your foundation can retain your foundation’s structural integrity.
- What Causes Damage to the Foundation?
This summer has been one of the hottest and driest in recent history, so many homeowners are experiencing the effects of dry soil worse than ever before. As soil dries up, it also contracts and releases pressure from your home’s foundation. This causes your home to sink, shift, or settle into the ground, which can lead to extensive foundation damage. Signs of foundation damage include cracks in interior or exterior walls, across the foundation itself, or along your driveway and sidewalk.
- How Can Homeowners Guard Against Dry Weather?
To prevent the soil around your foundation from becoming excessively dry, water your foundation regularly. This maintains moisture around the foundation and will help you avoid intrusive foundation repairs. There are several ways to implement a watering program around your foundation: One solution is to run a sprinkler hose around your home, but not directly against the foundation. Even spraying the ground around the foundation using a normal garden hose and nozzle is sufficient. For a more permanent solution, consider installing an underground foundation watering system. Your foundation repair specialist will be able to help you decide which of these options is best for your home and foundation.
To learn more about foundation repair and maintenance, contact Structured Foundation Repairs. We provide the Dallas-Fort Worth area with high-quality foundation repair services including mudjacking, pier and beam installation, drainage correction, and much more. Call (972) 484-1200 or visit us online for more information on our repair and maintenance services.