COMMUNITY FORUM

tx3step

09:33AM | 10/12/05
Member Since: 10/11/05
3 lifetime posts
Bvbasement
I live in Texas where the weather is hot. Apparently, all summer our side sprinklers were malfunctioning and not watering. Yesterday I had a meter repair on that side of the house and noticed about a 6 inch gap between the foundation and the soil. It runs a few feet and then tightens up but still has a smaller gap by the house. I'm having the sprinklers repaired tomorrow, but know that if I start watering, this could cause a strong foundation shift. So, do I fill in the gap prior to watering? If yes, what is the best thing to fill it in?

bravey

10:32PM | 10/12/05
Member Since: 06/23/04
162 lifetime posts
Howdy from the Brazos Valley! We have had hot, dry weather here too.

You don't need to fill the soil cracks. The biggest foundation problems are due to the vertical movement of the soil, not the horizontal. Filling the crack won't have much effect on the vertical movement. Some areas of Texas have very expansive soils with a high clay content. This clay displays very high volume changes between wet and dry states. Soils that display large cracks when dry tend to have these clays. The most important thing you can do to protect your foundation is to maintain a stable moisture level in the soil around your home. A regular irrigation schedule can help accomplish this. If you (or the weather) apply too much(or too little) water over an extended time period, the clay in the soil will change volume to its maximum or minimum and the foundation will move along with it. The cracks will actually help deliver water faster and deeper into the ground. Once the soil is moistened the cracks will fade or disappear. Just don't overwater in a panic to restore the moisture level. Also, insure that the ground around your house does not run water against your foundation but rather away from it, and that it does not pond water.

Regards
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

captcha
type the code from the image

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Reused steel windows create an eye-catching splashguard in this walk-in shower. The vintage factory windows bring an inter... A galvanized steel tub is a surprising but charming fixture in this bright and breezy screened patio. It's perfect for was... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... If you lack plumbing skills but have a good sturdy tree, here's the easiest outdoor shower solution of all: Simply attach... Need a window and a door in a tight space? A Dutch door with a window may be your answer. These useful doors are split hor... How do you like this smart use for an old bottle? Clamp an empty wine bottle to a fence or wall near your outdoor deck or ... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... Repurpose birthday hats to create a string of lanterns for your porch, patio, or garden. Cut the tip of the cone, punch h... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp2