Another house down the street is having the concrete foundation repaired. You drive by and notice dirt piles all along the perimeter of the home, bobbing hard hats in holes and concrete cylinders stacked in front. In the past three years or so at least a half dozen houses on my street have had foundation work done. They were all built about the same time, in the mid to late seventies.
Like waving a silver cross before a vampire, I’ve been trying to keep the hard hats away with my trusty soaker hoses. But that won’t work forever.