New Year Begins With A Drought In North Texas That Will Affect Residence's Foundation.

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This year's drought conditions are the same, if not worse, than last year. Foundation repairs can be mitigated if the moisture levels are kept constant using soaker hoses reports the expert at See the information map available in this article from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Premier Foundation Repair drought report

The white areas are in normal conditions. Anything other color indicate drought conditions.

Water evenly and regularly

Same as 2012, this new year started with most of the State of Texas in drought conditions reports See the map in this article from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. ( The very expansive soils will shrink due to lack of moisture. 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 reducing the risk of foundation repairs in Texas.

The most effective and environmentally sound method to keep the moisture levels constant is the use of soaker hoses. The guidelines on how to properly use a soaker hoses are:

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

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