So when the soil around it starts to crack, many homeowners try to handle the issue with a soaker hose. The thought behind using the soaker hose is that wetting the soil will help get it back to normal.
Little do people know that by doing that, they are causing more harm to their home’s foundation than good.
Protect Your Foundation
The truth is if we water the soil too much it can actually cause the outside edges of the foundation to lift. Its center doesn’t move at all.
This leads to cracks in the foundation, ultimately causing the house to become uneven.
With prolonged use of a soaker hose, this can lead to foundation repairs including the replacement of broken sewer pipes. To avoid these types of issues make sure the soil of your foundation slopes away from your home and use gutters to keep water away from the foundation.
When you decide to water near the base of your home, do so as if you are watering the grass. This will help keep the foundation from getting too wet. Once you’re done watering be sure to not let water pond around the foundation as well. Keep soaker hoses at least 4 feet away from the foundation.
Babcock Home Inspections specializes in home inspections that will focus on everything from the foundation to the plumbing. Let us help you make sure your house is up to standards and detect any potential future issues. For more information on our services, please feel free to contact us today!