Foundation Watering Program
The best thing that you can do for your foundation is implement a consistent watering program. Sprinkler systems are not adequate. We recommend installing a drip system or watering with soaker hoses. The hoses should be placed approximately 12 inches out from the foundation around the entire perimeter except in areas blocked by a driveway, sidewalk or patio. Watering should be done year round.
- In wetter cooler months: water twice a week for a minimum of 1-2 hours (if it hasn’t rained that week).
- As we move into drier months: water 3 times a week for a minimum of 2-3 hours.
- During drought season as the soil begins to pull away from your foundation and cracks in the soil become evident: water every other day for a minimum of 3-4 hours.
Each property is different and these are only general guidelines. We always recommend closely monitoring your watering program. The soil pulling away from your foundation is a definite sign that your foundation has become too dry and you need to increase your watering immediately.
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- Year round watering. The system is freeze proof due to buried lines, which is great because winter tends to be one of the driest times of year.
- Out of thought, out of mind. Life is busy. This system is automatically controlled by a control box and time so you don’t have to remember to turn soaker hoses off and on. A sprinkler system is not necessary to install a foundation watering system.
- More efficient that soaker hoses. While soaker hoses are great, they release more water at the spigot than at the end of the hose causing uneven watering.
- Maintaining a consistent moisture level in the soil protects the integrity of your foundation repairs and will help eliminate the need for future repairs.