In the drying out of the current drought, I've noticed cracks in the plaster due to movement. I went under the house, and the floor piers are good, but the ground is incredibly dry under the house,and there are cracks about 15-20mm in size
I've read that because things are dry, and it's clay, BTW, that I should put a soaker hose under the house and water it a bit, but another builder said this would be wrong because the clay might cause more issues.
Opening this question for discussion, and advice?
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I'm sure this is a common problem, particularly at the moment with such dry conditions around the country. It will be good to read other opinions from community members. Let me tag a few members for you who might like to kick off the discussion with their thoughts and/or experience: @2Belindas, @ProjectPete, @PJA, @Brad and @LePallet.
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I think a soaker hose would be the wrong approach, as you would be creating an area that is always moist and termites would love it. Do you have timber footings @jtrabona?
Do you have any trees next to your house @jtrabona. If you were watering your foundations regularly then the trees could send out roots towards your foundations as they seek out the water. Could cause more issues...
Do you know what it was like under the house before the drought @jtrabona?
How old is the house?
And how significant are your cracks?