Water your home's foundation

Water Your Foundation? YES!

cracked ground due to drought
Cracks in your soil like this? Water, Water, WATER!

While watering your home’s foundation is a process that should be undertaken by all homeowners, it is especially important to do in a place like Kansas City.

Summer Conditions

The hot, humid, and dry conditions during the summer months can take a toll on the soil around the foundation of your home if you don’t periodically water them. By regularly watering the soil, you can help to prevent cracks and other damage to the foundation. In addition, watering helps to keep the soil around the foundation loose, making it less likely to settle and cause problems.

Watering your foundation is one of the most important things you can do for your home. Unfortunately, the practice isn’t widely taught, but it can have significant benefits for your home and can potentially save you from having to make costly repairs.

It’s not COMPLETELY about the water

One of the most important aspects of watering isn’t only the watering itself, but also determining a custom schedule that works for your home. Different homes have different watering needs, and it’s important to determine how often you need to water your foundation based on the climate, the material of your foundation, and other factors. In addition, you need to make sure that you’re using the right amount of water – too little water won’t be effective, and too much water can actually cause damage.

Different sides of the home receive different amounts of sun or shade, and the expansive clay soil typical of Kansas City can lead to different watering needs as well. Additionally, temperature forecasts can change rapidly, and periods of drought are not uncommon. By taking all of these factors into account, you can create a watering schedule that is both effective and efficient. In doing so, you will help to keep your lawn healthy and your water bill low.

How to Water

Watering your foundation once a day is advisable, but be sure to check the soil first to make sure that it has enough drainage; you don’t want the area around your foundation to become perpetually soggy. There are a few different ways that you can water your foundation: you can hand water it using a garden hose, or you can use a soaker hose or sprinkler system that will water the area for 15-20 minutes. No matter which method you choose, proper foundation watering during the summer will help to keep your home in good condition.

soaker hose for your foundation

The best way to water a foundation is to place the watering hose about 10-15 inches away from the foundation and allow the water to flow slowly. This will give the foundation time to absorb the water without putting undue stress on the structure. It’s also important to water during cooler times of the day, such as early morning or evening, so that the water doesn’t evaporate in the heat.

In Summary

By following these tips, you can ensure that your foundation is properly watered and protected from potential damage.

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