Farmers have been using drip watering systems, also known as trickle irrigation or micro-irrigation, for harvesting crops since the late 1800’s.
Today drip systems are commonly used to offset the challenges of problematic soil by providing precise and efficient irrigation. If you own a home in Texas, proper foundation preservation through well-designed irrigation is essential to protecting your investment.
In north Texas, expansive clay soil is easily one of the most common causes of structural distress. As the seasons change, expansive clay soil shrinks and swells in volume. That is why so many homes in Dallas and the surrounding areas have foundation problems! The constant fluctuations damage the foundation, and can leave homeowners with ghastly repair bills for both the interior of the home and the foundation.
The best way to protect yourself from foundation damage is through the professional installation of a foundation watering system BEFORE damage occurs.
BASIC COMPONENTS OF A DRIP IRRIGATION SYSTEM
There are major advantages to installing a dripline, especially if you live in North Texas. Here are six reasons why drip irrigation basically pays for itself.
- Foundation Preservation: A dripline installed along the perimeter of your slab promotes moisture balance and protects your home from shrinking and swelling that could damage your foundation and lead to expensive repairs.
- Less Waste: About 30-40% of water emitted through a traditional sprinkler head is eliminated through evaporation. In Texas, the amount of water waste is typically higher during the scorching hot summer months, or on windy days. A properly installed drip system ensures that more than 90% of the water applied is deposited directly into the soil, eliminating waste and saving you money on your water bill.
- One Less Thing to Clean: By avoiding the overspray from above-ground sprinkler systems, a dripline eliminates muddy pathways throughout your yard after watering. Heck, it may even add a few more years to the life of your carpet thanks to fewer muddy feet trampling through high-traffic zones.
- Erosion Prevention: A drip line slowly releases water into the soil and directly to the roots of plants. As such, there is no runoff on the surface of the soil. Homeowners with drip systems avoid the erosion caused by sprinkler heads, keeping their mulch in place and reducing the overall cost of upkeep.
- Healthy, Beautiful Plants: Not only does a drip system ensure proper moisture levels in your soil, it lowers the chance of plants affected by disease. Most sprinkler heads deposit water onto a plant’s leaves. Thus, moisture can hang around your plants too long and create a breeding ground for mold, plant disease, or sun burn spots. If you have ever spent hundreds on landscaping only to have your plants wiped out by root rot, then you understand why this process of water application is genius.
- Protect Your Curb Appeal: Its not just the plants that are getting drenched. A sprinkler system constantly applies water to everything in its path including; wood siding, fence panels, planter boxes, shutters, etc.
Water + Wood = Rotting = Repairs $$
In conclusion, drip irrigation is a wonderful, efficient technique to conserve water, maintain beautiful landscaping and prevent damage to your home and its foundation.
Call Lee Engineering for a foundation drip irrigation system customized for your home’s specific needs. (817) 277-6022
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