If it’s dry, continue foundation watering during cold weather in Dallas Fort Worth, Texas area cities. It’s particularly important this year because fall 2017 has been considerably drier than normal. What’s more, this area is likely to have relatively low levels of precipitation through early 2018 due to conditions associated with La Nina.
Why Foundation Watering During Cold Weather In DFW TX?
The main reason to water your foundation in the colder months is to prevent the expansive clay soil surrounding your foundation from contracting. When contraction occurs, concrete slabs as well as pier and beam structures are likely to experience foundation movement. Soil retraction can lead to sinking, settling and cracking. Remember: Cold dry weather can cause just as many foundation problems as hot dry weather. Just because it’s not 90 degrees outside doesn’t mean your property is protected.
How Often To Water:
The amount of watering your foundation will need depends on how dry it is in the winter. If it rains very little in January and February, be sure and water your foundation at least 2-3X a month. You’ll probably need to apply moisture for 15-20 minutes at a time. Because it’s not good to allow the soil around your foundation to become super saturated, make sure that your soaker hose or sprinkler system doesn’t run too long. You don’t want to water the actual foundation itself. Instead, just make sure the area that is about 18″ away from the foundation receives moisture.
Of course, if we have a super dry winter in 2018, you’ll want to water your foundation more than usual. Strive to maintain a consistent moisture level around the foundation. Even though it’s tempting to stay indoors when it’s 32 degrees or colder, it’s wise to walk around the exterior of your house and check things out. A little preventive maintenance can go a long way to stopping issues from developing. If there has been very little rainfall, take steps to protect your house foundation and prevent the need for foundation repair.
If, over time, foundation problems do become apparent, contact an experienced foundation repair contractor. HD Foundations offer free foundation evaluations to homeowners in the DFW area.