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Interior Drain Tile Systems

A drain tile system is a collection of pipes installed around your foundation. The pipes are perforated to allow water to drain into them. The pipes then run the water into an interior sump pit. Homes without a drain tile system, with a clogged drain tile system, or when the drain tile is improperly installed and pitched away from the sump basin can find their crawl spaces and basements flooded.

Interior drain tile systems are used as a complete solution to control and prevent just about any type of seepage. They are designed to keep the water table far below the bottom of the basement floor, this controls the capillary action or wicking of water or water vapor on to the basement floor. The procedure involves opening the floor along the perimeter foundation wall(s) and installing a perforated drain pipe surrounded with washed gravel at the base of the wall, then cover the gravel with a filter paper and drain track as seen in the picture below, after we re-pour concrete floor and clean basement. The system then collects water from multiple sources and empties it into a sump pit.

Our typical interior drain tile installation is only about a two day process, and comes with a lifetime transferable warranty.

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A Dry Basement

dry-basement-diagram Interior Drain Tile:The most effective of the interior drainage systems is a perforated drain pipe installed inside the perimeter of the footing. Not only are these the most popular systems, they are also building code approved when installed and sealed correctly. This requires removing and replacing concrete around the slab edge.

Many homes around the nation have full or partial basements. These basements are really reverse swimming pools. In other words, most people don't want water in their basements. Foundation drain tile systems act as the means by which ground water can be transported away from your basement. If you want a dry basement, you must have an adequate foundation drainage system.

The water content in the soil surrounding your house can fluctuate seasonally. There is always a point at which you can dig and hit water. Geologists often refer to this as the water table. This water table rises and falls in response to the amount of precipitation in any given time period. The water table in many parts of the country can rise to within a few feet of the surface during wet spells. Water will take the path of least resistance. It can choose to go sideways through a crack in your foundation, or it can go down alongside your foundation into a pipe. I'm sure that you will agree that it is a better idea for the water to go down the pipe.

A foundation drain tile system has four main components. The drain tile (pipe), the filter media (gravel), the gravel cover, and the water outlet. All of these elements must be installed for the system to function properly.

The drain tile or pipe is usually 4" in diameter and is perforated or has pre-drilled holes along its length. The filter media or gravel is used to cover the drain tile. Water can flow readily through this gravel and find its way to the pipe. Remember, water takes the path of least resistance.The gravel that is used most often is large (1 - 1 1/2" diameter) washed gravel.

The water outlet is simply the place where the collected water flows to. It can be one of three places. If you build on a hillside, your drain tile will simply 'daylight' or come to the surface. This is the best situation, because your system depends entirely on gravity to work. If you build on level ground, you have basically two choices, install a sump pit or a large buried French drain. A sump pit is usually installed inside the basement of your The drain tile pipe runs beneath the footer to this sump. The collected water is then mechanically pumped from the sump.

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