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Don't Water Your Foundation If It's Already Cracked

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During this drought, workers from Falls Foundation Repairs have been busy digging up a solution to fix up problems Texomans are having on their home foundations.

Owner Mike Minter says you should water your foundation but not too much. That would avoid getting cracks on your walls, bricks and separation around the windows and doors.

"If you're able to keep your shrubbery around your house alive and green and if you're able to maintain your grass or lawn with some type of greenery on the surface of the dirt you're probably doing a lot better job than most of the homeowners here in Wichita falls do," said Minter.

The reason why the clay in Texoma doesn't need to be watered that much is because its expansion rate is not that high. That means hydrating it won't have a lot of effect on your foundation.

But if the foundation is already dry and you have cracks or separations on your walls, then you need a new plan of action.

Minter says, "If you notice those signs you probably have a foundation failure and it's not in your best interest to run out and to start hyper-saturating and watering the exterior of your foundation."

Minter says soaking up the area around your home won't fix things at all. In fact he says this is the biggest misconception about foundations that are already dry.

"That causes the clay to expand and contract and that causes the houses to move a little bit. Now, as it dries up again, the cracks come back and that's why people think they need to keep watering their foundations," said the owner.

Minter says the best thing to do if cracks appear is to call experts so they can do an evaluation of your home and come up with a solution.

When you do water your foundation, the best way to do it is to hold your hand held hose 12 to 15 feet away from the foundation and water it from eight to ten minutes.

 

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6