Completed Projects (an excellent maintenance tool for completed foundation projects)
Installing a water system to prolong the life of your foundation is simple for any do-it-yourselfer. Just follow these easy to understand instructions and you could be adding years to the life of your foundation.
The first thing to remember is to keep 12 – 18 inches away from the slab. It is best to bury the hose a couple of inches, but the system can be started with the hose on the surface of the ground.
You have the system in; you are ready to set the timer. We suggest at the initial start up setting the timer for 15 minutes twice a day, for instance at 7 am and again at 7 pm. During the dry summers you may have to set the timer for 3 – 4 times a day and cut back to once a day during wet winters. Some personal judgment needs to be used in the amount of time to operate the system. DO NOT OVER WATER.
This information is given just as a guide in the installation and the operation of your watering system. Also a physical guide for ensuring proper watering of your slab is to check your foliage and plants nearby. If these are healthy in appearance, then your slab will normally be healthy.