Thirsty? So is Your Foundation

It is no secret that Dallas Fort Worth summers are HOT! In the same way that your body demands extra water to compensate for the intense heat, your home’s foundation requires added moisture as well. Keep reading for tips on avoiding costly foundation repair and the benefits of foundation watering.

Drip Irrigation for Foundation Watering Systems – Dallas Fort Worth

FACT: Most Dallas – Fort Worth homes are built on expansive (active) clay soil.

FACT: Clay shrinks and swells, depending on seasonal moisture levels.

FACT: Active soils cause more property damage in the United States than the combined damage from all floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes.

The blistering summer months in Dallas – Fort Worth can be particularly traumatic to the integrity of concrete slabs. Due to low moisture levels, the soil surrounding your home may pull away from the slab, causing foundation movement. As such, it may be wise to balance the moisture deficit by installing a foundation watering system. A foundation watering system is basically drip irrigation. However, instead of installing the drip line above the soil, foundation watering systems feature tubing  placed underground along the perimeter of the home.

“Can I use my sprinkler system to water my foundation in Dallas Fort Worth?”

Proper irrigation is the first step to promoting healthy moisture balance. A sprinkler system gives your landscaping needed water and prevents plants from robbing moisture from your foundation. However, the water from your sprinklers is applied at surface level and doesn’t penetrate deep enough to counterbalance the extreme moisture deficit occurring several inches below the surface. A professionally installed foundation watering system is engineered to apply an even distribution of water below the soil’s natural evaporation line.

The problem with using soaker hoses to water your foundation is that they are not engineered to saturate evenly. Also, soaker hoses fail to take into account landscaping, sun exposure, and other factors that effect the soil moisture content. As such, if you are using a soaker hose to water your foundation, you may be doing more damage than good.

The key to successful foundation watering is BALANCE. For a customized foundation watering solution engineered for precision, trust Lee Engineering. Since 1971, we’ve been helping DFW homeowners protect their biggest investment, their home.

Learn more about foundation watering systems.

Call Lee Engineering at 817-277-6022 for more information or click here to schedule a drainage consultation.

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