Asked on Jul 31, 2018

How do I add humidity to my home's foundation?

Paul HydeCindyDwp7470b
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We are in Fort Worth and the dry and hot temperatures are causing my home to shift. Any ideas how to add humidity to the foundation -drip maybe?

6 answers
  • Paul Hyde
    Paul Hyde
    on Jul 31, 2018

    shifting is typically caused by expsansive soils that dry out. Is the soil around the house cracking? Can you provide a photo of the soil next to the foundation? Getting the soil moist is impotent. I would place a soaker house around your house and let it run continuously until your area gets some much needed rain. It’s important that the water soaks in the soil very slowly. The slower the better. If the water is applied to fast it will pool and run off. This only wets the surface. You need the water to soak in the ground very slowly.

  • Paul Hyde
    Paul Hyde
    on Jul 31, 2018

    shifting is typically caused by expsansive soils that dry out. Is the soil around the house cracking? Can you provide a photo of the soil next to the foundation? Getting the soil moist is impotent. I would place a soaker house around your house and let it run continuously until your area gets some much needed rain. It’s important that the water soaks in the soil very slowly. The slower the better. If the water is applied to fast it will pool and run off. This only wets the surface. You need the water to soak in the ground very slowly.

  • Teacup8885
    Teacup8885
    on Jul 31, 2018

    Maybe run hot water in a humidifier!?

  • Dwp7470b
    Dwp7470b
    on Jul 31, 2018

    Hi Hilda!
    I wish I had such problems. My problem is reverse.
    My basement is humid because I live aside a branch if the Schuylkill River.
    As your problem is you need Humidity, this has many resolves besides: put a John in your Basement and leave the lid up after flush.
    Yiu can Buy a Humidifier or Chest Freezer or place a Bucket half filled with Ice Cubes In your Basement overnight.
    As, Either needs to be filled regular anyway by an effort, and I already have a Freezer, I would get a $1 Bucket at Dollar Tree, and 2 qty $1 Ice Cube Trays at Same. Total cost? $3 for a Dandy Humidifier, Just add water.
    Also, if you have a basement with an Upright or Chest Freezer, now is the perfect season to: have a cookout, remove everything from it, and just leave it open when it is empty and off to defrost it.
    That Defrost will certainly put some humidity in your basement for a day or two.
  • Cindy
    Cindy
    on Aug 2, 2018

    When we lived in Ft. Worth, we were required (rental house) to run the irrigation system every day. The system watered the plants and foundation at the same same. May seem like a hassle, but easier and cheaper then a foundation repair. The good thing was, I moved my plants when we were away and they got watered also.

  • Paul Hyde
    Paul Hyde
    on Aug 2, 2018

    Feel free to send me a picture of the ground. Your welcomed to call me after I see the pictures. Paul Hyde 5046694621for more assistance.

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