Is the soil around your home looking cracked and parched? The majority of homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex have slab foundations. In North Texas, dry soil can seriously damage your slab foundation, which could cost you expensive repairs and hurt your property value.
Everyone should walk around their home or rental properties in the summertime and ensure that there are no gaps between the slab and the supporting soil. If there are any gaps, you are under-watering the soil around your foundation.
Protect the integrity of your foundation with these simple steps:
1. If you have tall bushes along the perimeter of your foundation, trim them so they are no more than three to four feet high, and keep them narrow. Large, overgrown bushes absorb more water, making the surrounding ground more dry.
2. Consider installing a soaker hose around the slab of your home (most new construction will have one built into the sprinkler system already).
3. If you have mature trees within fifteen to twenty feet of your slab, make sure you are providing additional water to those zones, as the roots of a mature tree can absorb up to fifty gallons of water a day.
4. Make sure your sprinklers are pointing in the proper direction. Something as simple as a misdirected sprinkler can create a lasting problem over time.
Pro Tip: Although most cities in the North Texas area have watering restrictions for your automatic lawn sprinkler systems, there usually are no restrictions for soaker hoses or physically watering your garden or the soil around your foundation. Double check with your local municipality first to ensure your community allows this.
During our long, hot, dry summers in DFW, protecting your foundation is protecting your investment. Remember to inspect your foundation every two weeks (or at a minimum, once a month), especially from June through September or during unseasonably hot weather.