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Old 06-17-2007, 05:59 PM
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Hello everyone,

I will be moving into the Las Colinas area, and I have heard that foundation problems are common in Dallas.

I heard of the following strategy for foundation protection:
Have a "soaker hose" buried surrounding your house and connected to your automated sprinkler system. Set the soaker hose to run for a period of time daily, so the soil is kept under relatively constant conditions and is less likely to significantly contract/expand which is what typically causes foundation problems.

Does this strategy work? Any other ideas/suggestions, or do you just have to take your chances?

Thanks for your advice,
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Old 06-17-2007, 06:04 PM
Location: Allen, Texas
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DH did this, he said the way to do it is a about a foot away, create another zone obviously with the sprinkler system, and bury it a few inches (he said it was about 3 inches). Our houses did not have foundation problems when they were sold, but we currently are not living there so I don't know if the drought has changed anything regarding time/duration, etc. We did this from around 1997 through well last month when the house sold (although we have not been in state since September 2006).
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Old 06-18-2007, 07:53 AM
Location: Lake Highlands (Dallas)
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Essentially, all foundations companies suggest putting a water around your foundation to keep moisture content in the ground relatively consistent. We have a zone around our foundation that runs every other day. Your plan should work just fine. I do concur with USA_Mom, it's generally recommended to keep the soaker hose a foot from the foundation.
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Old 06-18-2007, 10:20 AM
Location: The Big D
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Yes, it can work but you need to keep it a good 16" away from the foundation. If you don't have a sprinkler system to tie it into then you can put it on your water spout and do it that way. Bury it about 3" below grade. Now, if you DO have a sprinkler system then you don't even need to worry about a soaker hose. You should have it zoned w/ ones that are right in about the same spot around your house and you can turn those on every few days. The ones in the front flowerbeds/bushes should be in the right spot to take care of the front. Have a sprinkler person come out and check them all for you and they can put in new ones if you need them around your house. This would be the easiest and a lot better than a soaker hose buried. Right now w/ all of the rain we have been getting I'd suggest to NOT be watering around your foundation or you may find your house lifting up out of the ground.
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Old 06-18-2007, 01:51 PM
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You might check and see if there is an underground creek or something below houses you are interested in. Those houses (and pools) have more trouble. Also, you might try and find a pier and beam house.
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