The summer season brings hot dry weather that causes the biggest amount of movement on your slab foundation. As a matter of fact. This results in cracks in your home’s foundation and interior damages such as crack tiling, walls or bricks. Movement on your foundation also has effects on plumbing by stressing the pipes resulting in water leaks and cracks. In addition to that, windows and doors may start to not close or stick. There are actually tips for maintaining your home’s foundation and these maintenance tips help you prevent unwanted costly repairs.
Having to maintain your home’s foundation is just all about keeping the moisture levels surrounding your building or home’s foundation. The most accessible DIY foundation maintenance tip is watering program. On the other hand, more advanced tasks make sure right drainage systems around your foundation. Ultimately, if necessary, put root barriers between your home’s foundation and the trees.
The soil acts as a sponge which expands when it absorbs water and contracts then it loses water. This causes movement on your foundation leading to cracks. Furthermore, the soil dries out during the dry summer season and expands during cold winter months, and spring when moisture returns. Maintaining the moisture levels throughout the year is what the maintenance of your foundation is all about.
For the watering system of your foundation, all you will need are a faucet and soaker hoses. Bury the hose 3 inches in depth, 6 inches from the edges of your home’s foundation. Put the hose on a near distance from your foundation which allows water to evenly soak into the soil. Be cautious not to put the hose against your foundation. When the soil has cracked and dried, the water can go through these cracks for a few feet in all directions. Hence, if the soil surrounding the foundation is cracked or dried, then the water placed next to your foundation will penetrate through the foundation cracks and accumulate under or around your foundation.
It is very important to water more in the hot summer months and less during the cold winter months. Begin in the summer months with a fifteen-minute water regime daily. This can be decreased or increased as necessary. The main purpose of this is to maintain a consistent soil moisture level so that the soil under the ground is damp – not dry and not soggy.
Once your watering system is already set up, check the trees that surround the area. A single big tree can absorb almost twenty cubic feet of water or at least one hundred fifty gallons of water every day from the soil. Other plants such as the shrubs can also absorb a huge amount of water. When the roots get under the foundation, they can cause damage to it by drying the soil out below the foundation and resulting in foundation settlement. Tree roots also cause extensive plumbing damages by breaking into pipes. In some cases, the broken pipes can also cause to over wet the soil and that lead your foundation to heave.
If you want to have a properly maintained home foundation, you should also make sure that you only hire a professional Irving foundation repair.