I would like to find a soaker hose to put underground around my house to
protect my foundation.
I have tried a few and have not been fully satisfied with any of them.
Has anyone found one they would recommend?
I bet freckles lives in North Texas, or someplace similar. The bedrock
here is WAAAY down, maybe hundreds of feet in places. We used to be a
shallow sea, so most areas have clay soil. Expansive clay. Very. It
shrinks when dry and expands when wet. Slab-on-grade foundations work
best here, and basements are almost unheard-of.
As long as the clay shrinks and expands uniformly, your house just
moves up and down a little. But houses are always cooler on the north
side, so the soil stays moister there, causing the foundation to tilt.
Even worse, the soil in the middle of the house doesn't change much at
all, so the outer edges go up and down compared to the middle.
To combat this we install post-tensioning cables to make the slab
inflexible, and we water our houses. Yep, we water them. Some people
lay a soaker hose all around the house and run it when needed. Some let
it ooze all summer, which, of course, leads to too much water and the
I once lived next door to a house that was repossessed and went all
summer without water for the yard. It was a dry summer. The clay shrank
back from the slab-on-grade foundation, leaving a two-inch space all
around. At one spot, there was a hole under the footing big enough for
a cat to crawl through.
I too live in Arlington, Texas.
I've just about given up on the soaker hoses make from black recycled
rubber, which most of the ones I've seen are, and will be buying green vinyl
sprinklers and use them turned upside down around my house.
I took one of the old rubber soakers that was leaking very badly in several
spots and covered the areas that were leaking with the silicon that I use to
fill crack around my windows and doors. Maybe I can save some of my soakers
by doing that.
An automated drip system, would work?
My lawn is mostly drip lines and only 6 or so sprinklers. 1/2 inch
black poly tube (100' roll). Buried shallow with 1/4 tube placed in
strategic locations. A small barbed connecter into the 1/2 > 1/4.
Drip heads can be adjusted/sized, etc. A timer will automate it...
First I ever heard of watering a house (Steve) :))
I never heard of it either until I moved here.
In Texas if you don't water your foundation, you won't have a house very
It's 106 and dry right now, tomorrow it is suppose to be even hotter and
just as dry.
Fill the basement with water the foundation will be protected and you
will have a pool to swim in. Soaker hoses are too slow, or build a
moat around the house and make a bridge to get to your home, Moats are
great keep the rodents and bill collectors away.
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