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I never really gave it a thought, this drainage tile installation. I thought it was way too confusing to even think about plumbing. And it really didn't matter what my take on the subject was, until one day when I saw a part of the basement flooded with water. Completely. I did know how to find a water leak in house, luckily, and I traced it back to a crack in the wall and then to a couple of other places where the wall had gotten completely damp. So of course I panicked and when I tried calling a couple of friends and no one could come over to help, I had to get down to the dirty work myself. So I researched what's to be done for some drainage solutions and learned that drainage pipe installation was the best bet to go with. Obviously I knew nothing about it, but then I researched some more and got to know the nitty-gritty of the whole matter. The following article deals with the process of the installation and what goes into it.

Installation of Drainage Tiles - Instructions

Before getting into the instructions though, you need to understand what a drain tile will do. A drain or drainage tile will protect your home against water damage (which might come about as a result of drainage problems) by directing the excess water away from your home with the help of a drainage pipe and directing it to a waste water or septic system or a sewer. By doing this, the seepage in homes is prevented and therefore the foundation of the house is protected. To get to the process of how to go about it, here we go:
  1. Calculate the parameter of the entire house so that you'll get an idea of the supplies you'll need for the job.
  2. Also take into consideration the corners that there are around the house so that special drain tiles with fittings can be purchased.
  3. Start out by digging a trench around the entire parameter of your home. The trench needs to be 2-3 times wider than the width of the drainage tile. A drain tile is usually 4 inches in diameter. So dig the trench accordingly.
  4. The trench will go at the base of the foundation and along the footer that extends out from the base of the foundation.
  5. Make sure that the area of the trench under the footer is deeper than the rest of the trench. This is required to accommodate the drain file in.
  6. Now take some filtration paper and place it at the base along the entire trench. It's not necessary that you only use a filtration paper, any filter product that prevents the foreign sediments from entering and clogging the drain tile will also do.
  7. Now place the drain tiles in and secure the joints well by sealing them. Make sure it goes atop the filtration paper.
  8. The drain file should be placed along the edges of the footer.
  9. The drain tile should be placed such that the holes are facing down.
  10. Once the drain tile is placed securely in, cover the trench with 6 inches of gravel. You can also place in 2 inches of gravel before you place in the tile and 4 atop.
  11. The gravel is an important step that should not be forgotten. The coarse texture of the gravel makes it possible for the water to flow away and not collect at a particular area like the foundation.
  12. Cover the trench with the mud that was dug out and secure firmly for the perfect drainage solutions for yard.
Drain Tile Installation Cost

The cost of the drainage tile installation comes to an estimate of the figures given below.
  • Interior excavation (basement floor) + drain tile installation = $3,500 - $ 6,000.
  • Exterior excavation (garden or yard) + drain tile installation = $8,500 - $12,000 + landscaping.
This is a slightly costly affair no doubt but it is important to get it done. And while these costs might differ depending on the location, quality and other factors, it is important to do it all the same and save your home from an unwanted disaster.

Drainage tile installation is easier than I had ever imagined and getting it in place was not a hassle either. Hopefully you will have learned was is to be done and will go on with the drainage installation at your home soon enough.