Are interior drain tiles worth it?

Pros of interior drain tile Complete solution: Interior drain tile captures rising groundwater, relieves hydrostatic pressure, and prevents concrete wall seepage. Therefore, no other waterproofing methods are needed in many cases. No exterior excavation required: The system is relatively quick and easy to install.

Are drain tiles necessary?

While some homes may never have need for a drain tile system, it is a good feature to have since you never know when a period of heavy rain or rapid snow melt might cause catastrophic water problems in your basement or crawl space.

Can drain tile get clogged?

Sometimes the signs of a clogged drain tile can be noticeable. You may see that water is pooling against your home, suggesting that your tiles are failing. On the interior, water may not be properly channeled, leaving you with a wet basement.

How long do drain tiles last?

The entire drain tile installation cost can be written off in as little as one year or as much as 15 years, while the actual life of the system should be 30 years or more.

Do you need a sump pump if you have drain tile?

If you have a drain tile system installed in your home, don’t take chances. If you don’t have a pump, get one installed. Its the only way that system can operate as designed to keep your basement dry. The cost of a pump and discharge pipe is cheap insurance and will cost a lot less than dealing with a wet basement.

How deep should drain tile be installed?

The trench should be around 12” wide and 8-24” deep. It should slope at the rate of ¼ per foot. This means it will be deeper at the runoff point than it is at the drainage point. The easy way to make your trench is with a trencher, but you may have to do it by hand (with a shovel) if the land is soft and muddy.

How deep should I bury drain tile?

If the drain tiles are implemented primarily to protect the foundation from subsurface water, dig the trench up to 6 feet deep. If the primary concern is surface water, a trench only 2 feet deep will suffice. Make sure that the trench extends to a suitable outlet like a ditch, drain field or dry well.