Soaker Hose for Foundation - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by althomas80
July 6, 2010
I live in Dallas where we have clay soil and must water our foundation. I just bought my first house and would like to bury a soaker hose around the whole house to water the foundation. How far from the house should I bury it and how deep?


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Answer from NGA
July 6, 2010

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Your soaker hose should be placed 12-18 inches away from the foundation. You do not want to put them right up against the slab because too much water could get stuck under the slab and the house could rise. You're just looking for consistent moisture around the foundation. Using the soaker hoses about 10-15 minutes 3-4 days a week in the summer, and maybe only once or twice a week in the winter should keep the soil moist enough to keep your foundation from cracking.

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