how to water your foundation
22 Jun 2018

How to Properly Water your Foundation during the Summer Months

Most homeowners will pay around $4,003 to repair foundation issues. Major repairs involving hydraulic piers can cost $10,000 or more, and minor cracks cost as low as $500. The typical homeowner pays between $1,849 and $6,341. Foundation settlement and cracking can lead to major structural problems for your home.  Home Advisor’s cost guide reports that most homeowners in Dallas pay an average of roughly $5,300 on foundation repairs. Keeping in mind that this is an average, some repair work costs around $2,500, while other repairs in the Dallas area may hover around $10,000.

Texans are accustom to months of hot temperatures without rain during the summer months and Dallas Ft. Worth residents know that foundation issues are a matter of if, but when.  Williamson Foundation Repair located in Rowlett, Texas is known as the most trusted name in foundation repair for over 30 years in the DFW area.  If you suspect your house or commercial building is in need of services you can contact their helpful team at 469-698-8332.  They can provide a great assessment and are sure to minimize unneeded repairs and cost.

However, Roger Williamson, owner of Williamson Foundation Repair, shares some helpful information to prevent foundation problems before they happen.  You can also view his helpful video here: https://youtu.be/OKfmo6Teep0

  1. You should always use the round, porous hose and not the flat hose with holes on top. The porous hose allows water to “ooze” out evenly along the length of even a very long section of hose, and allows you to turn the water valve on full without the concern of uneven water distribution.
  2. The soaker hose should be placed approximately 8-12″ away from the foundation – not right against the home. You do not have to water across driveways or patios, but watering around patios (as if they were an extension of your foundation) will help to keep them more stable as well.
  3. The soaker hose should be used at the coolest part of the day, as feasible, to prevent large amounts of evaporation and give the most benefit to the soils. Battery powered timers (available in the garden center near garden hoses at Home Depot or Lowe’s) are an inexpensive way to “remember” to water, as well as allowing you to water during the coolest times of day.
  4. The soaker hose should be used for 30 – 60 minutes (increase by 30 minutes in areas with large bushes or a lot of foliage) all the way around the home under the following schedule:
    1. Below 60° days: usually unnecessary unless we are in a drought.
    2. 60°-75° days: 1 time per week if no sprinkler system
    3. 75°-95° days: 2 times per week (staggered)
    4. 95° and higher: 3 times per week (staggered)

A stable home is a happy home with Williamson Foundation Services.  For more information on prevention or foundation repair needs visit https://williamsonfoundation.com/about/ or contact the team at 469-698-8332.