Causes for foundation repairs are still the same with the major offender being 'expansive soils'. An expansive soil has the ability to change it's volume greatly based on the amount of moisture present in the soil itself. Maintaining the moisture level at a constant level, or as close to constant as it can be, is the key factor in keeping the residence foundation problem free. The geological map present at premierfoundationrepair.com shows North Texas to be built on some of the most expansive soils in the nation. That fact in combination with an ongoing, historically severe drought, is a recipe for severe foundation problems.
The most effective method to keep the moisture levels constant is the use of soaker hoses. Here are some guidelines on how to properly use a soaker hoses:
1. Most manufacturers recommend positioning the hoses 3-4 inches under ground and 12-24" away from the edge of the residence's foundation. Of course each homeowner will have to find the best solutions also depending on their garden and vegetation arrangement around the house.
2. The homeowner should make sure the hoses are not right up against the slab. This may cause the water to flow under the foundations without dispersing uniformly causing additional problems with the foundations.
3. Once the soaker hoses are in place follow the manufacturer's directions for water pressure, back-flow device, pressure regulator and timer valves.
4. Soil composition will also make a difference when determining the best location of the soaker hoses. One of the best gauges of the effectiveness of the soaker hoses is the condition of the ground around the slab. Too wet, with standing water or cracked and pulled away from the slab are indications of too much or not enough watering. Another method is to use a metal rod or re-bar 2-3 feet in length. While inserting the rod in the ground, the rod will stop or find very strong resistance once the dry ground is encountered.
Also, homeowners should look at the vegetation around the foundation (flower beds, shrubs, ground covers, etc. etc.). If the plants look healthy, that's an indication the roots are in moist soil. In the end, all of those methods, used together, give the most accurate assessment of the homeowner's ground conditions.
Homeowners should remember to check with the local municipalities to insure about times and days allowed for watering.
For more information on the proper use of a soaker hose in regards to foundation repairs, contact Premier Foundation Repair Inc at 3767 Forest Ln, Dallas, TX 75244 (972) 417-0823 http://www.premierfoundationrepair.com