The soil around your Texas home’s foundation requires a consistent amount of moisture to prevent contraction and expansion. Watering your foundation with a soaker hose or drip system will prevent cracking and other damage from occurring. When watering your foundation, about one to one and a quarter inches of water per session is needed. Avoid overwatering—soaking the ground completely can cause the clay to shift, taking your home with it. Check the soil around your home periodically; if the dirt two feet below the surface can be easily packed together, you are watering the right amount. If it is loose and gritty, more water is needed. Regardless of how often you water, make sure to water around your entire foundation, not just the front, back, or sides of your home.