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Ms Ice Monkey
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Watering your foundation
by Ms Ice Monkey on September 14th, 2009

Recently, a structural engineer offered some advice to the Statesman regarding watering your foundation: http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/consumer/entries/2009/09/07/more_foundation_information.html

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More foundation information

By Pete Mongillo | Monday, September 7, 2009, 05:22 AM

Today’s Question Everything column includes a follow-up to a question about moisture and foundations that appeared on Aug. 24. The original question is below:

We are concerned about the foundation of our home during these drought conditions. After researching online, we are confused. One place says to sprinkle water on the foundation itself. One says to keep the water about 18 inches from the foundation. We would like to have more clear information. In addition, we wonder how often it should be watered to prevent it from cracking and how much water each time. Any other direction toward good solutions would be most helpful to many, I’m sure, during this time.

—M.J.

Watering directly against a foundation, especially with a soaker hose, can cause water to accumulate underneath, damaging the house, according to structural engineer Jay Hamm. If you are going to water your foundation, Hamm recommends a distance of 4 feet.

As far as frequency is concerned, be consistent, but don’t overwater, say Jeff Griffith, general manager of Centex Foundation Repair. Central Texas soil can expand after being exposed to a small amount of moisture. As of today, the city begins its Stage II water-use restriction, limiting outdoor irrigation to once per week, so overwatering probably isn’t something to worry about until after the drought is over. Visit http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/watercon for information on when and how you are allowed to water your lawn.

How much should you water each time? Both Griffith and Hamm agree that concentrating on keeping a healthy lawn throughout the year is the best strategy for maintaining consistent moisture around a foundation. Water as you would to keep your plants alive, instead of trying to water several feet into the ground, Hamm says.
 
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smittyhoo
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Watering your foundation
by smittyhoo on September 15th, 2009

If I water 4 feet from my house in the side yard I'd actually be watering my neighbor's yard, which would in turn destroy their foundation. Then in an effort to preserve their foundation, they would destroy mine.

I know that's not the recommendation out of your post...but funny to think about.
 
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Charles B.
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Watering your foundation
by Charles B. on December 25th, 2019

You should sprinkle the water on the foundation itself and hope zipjobs https://resume-writing-services.reviews/zipjob-com-review/ will work. As I have done it in the same way and it was all fine. You just need to extra careful while doing that. Hope this answer will help you.
 
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