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WYLIE (CBSDFW.COM) – The hot, dry weather conditions in North Texas lately are causing the soil around the foundations of many area homes to dry out, contract and pull away from homes. That can cause foundation problems.

While the conservation plan allows for up to twice per week landscape watering using automatic sprinkler systems to maintain a healthy lawn, the amount of water needed around foundations could be different than for lawns and gardens.

“Customers served by the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) are encouraged to use soaker hoses or drip irrigation systems to properly water home foundations,” said Denise Hickey, water conservation manager at the North Texas Municipal Water District.

Officials with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Dallas have tips for the proper set-up and use of soaker hoses and drip irrigation systems.

“Soaker hoses or drip irrigation systems should be set-up at least 8 inches from the foundation, and water should be allowed to drip slowly,” said Patrick Dickinson, water conservation specialist with Texas A&M Agrilife. “Visually inspect the soil near the foundation and also use a moisture meter. Be careful not to overwater.”

Another way to help maintain the soil moisture around your foundation is to use mulch such as bark or compost. Mulch significantly helps reduce moisture evaporation from soil.

For more information about the proper use of soaker hoses for foundations click here.

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