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Drain Tile Systems

In the past, drainage systems were not very efficient. Also, the installation methods used to install the drainage system were inadequate and lead to bigger problems. Newer products and installation methods are now being used by builders that allow them to install foundation drainage systems that will work perfectly for many years. Furthermore, new drainage systems can provide you with tremendous peace of mind.

What builders are now coming to realize about drainage systems is that drainpipes can serve two purposes! They were originally designed to collect water and pipe it to another location where it can be transported away from the foundation. However, it is now being realized that drain pipes can also be used as a water injection system. Before installing your drain tiles, consider the benefits of giving it a dual purpose.

Both homes with shallow foundations and those with deeper foundations can have drain tiles installed next to the footers to be used as water injection systems in times of drought. The truth is that many homes are built on clay soils. In times of extended drought some clay soils can shrink so much that the foundation and footer can fall. But if your builder were to extend several vertical pipes up from the drain tile system, they could be used to add water to the clay which would fluff the clay soils up.

In order for such a system to work effectively, it would need to be installed with care. It is recommended that the piping rest against the footer as opposed to resting on top of the footer. Also, if your builder uses plastic drain tile that has holes punched in it, the holes should point down not up. Smaller pieces of gravel can clog the holes if they are placed pointing up. Furthermore, it is very hard for the water to get into and out of the pipe if the holes are placed up.

During installation, try to install the drain tile piping fairly level. Some people assume that if there is no slope, the water will not drain. However, it will still drain water just fine if level because it will be acting as a conduit for water movement. Basically you should rest assured because the water trying to get away from the foundation will flow out of the pipe or towards a basement sump pit with little effort. Keep in mind, it especially important that you install the piping level if you are planning to use it as a water injection system because it will help the water travel fast to all parts of the system.

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In the past, drainage systems were not very efficient. Also, the installation methods used to install the drainage system were inadequate and lead to bigger problems. Newer products and installation methods are now being used by builders that allow them to install foundation drainage systems that will work perfectly for many years. Furthermore, new drainage systems can provide you with tremendous peace of mind...

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