Foundation Care and Maintenance
Most of North Texas soil has expansive type clay therefore, proper care for the foundation is crucial for proper performance. Foundation repairs cost can potentially cost thousands of dollars.
Clay soils have the ability to expand when wet and contract when dry. This required a proper watering program around the home. A constant amount of moisture should be maintained annually around the foundation to help aid in the prevention of foundation movement. An even amount of moisture is very important!!!!!
First, assure that there are no poor drainage areas around your home. One of the leading causes of foundation issues in Texas is poor drainage. I typically like to see at least a 6 inch drop off for every 10 feet away from the home. If you observe some areas around your home that does not meet this criteria, action should be taken. Extra dirt applied can usually corrected poor drainage areas. Grading of the soil and/or French drains installed may also be needed. Rain Gutters can also be utilized to assure proper drainage away from the home
Second, soaker hoses should be used around the entire home year round. These black spongy water hoses can be purchased at any hardware store very inexpensively and works wonders for you foundation. These hoses should be laid out around the foundation 12-18 inches away from the slab. I recommend watering at least 2-3 times a week for a few hours during dry weather. Sprinkler system can also be used however I still recommend the soaker hoses as well. Sprinkler systems are better than no watering program however the watering patters around the home tend to be wet dry wet dry. The soaker hoses assure proper water placement around the entire foundation.
The "Dry Edge Affect" is an indicator that you have waited to long to water around the foundation. The Dry Edge Affect is when the ground becomes so dry it begins to pull away from the foundation. If this is observed you've waited to long and action should be taken. Get to Watering!!!