Why should I hire professionals to install the drainpipe?
Professionals understand the role of a drainpipe system, unlike uninformed contractors. We know how deep the drain tile pipe should be for it to function optimally. Our experts also understand that proper installation is vital for the system to remain in perfect condition. We will help you save money by preventing avoidable mistakes that could be costly and ensure you get the most from your drain-pipe system.
What is the drain tile made of?
The tile system is made with four major components. These are the drain tile pipe, gravel, gravel protection, and water outlet. All these work together to make the system as functional as it should be.
What size and amount of gravel should I use?
The gravel should be at least 3 feet above the drain pipe. The more gravel you can have, the lesser the chance of water forcing its way into the basement. Since water usually takes the path with the least resistance, more gravel will enhance the resistance and make the system better. You can reduce the amount if your foundation is built on more resistant soil types like clay.
When it comes to size, the gravel should not have a diameter smaller than 1-inch, and should not be bigger than one and a half inches. Sometimes the gravel can be crushed, but it should never be grounded. The smaller the gravel particles, the slower the water movement will be, which defies the whole purpose. If they are too big, the water will move sideways instead of downwards, which could also jeopardize your basement. We know the right size and amount of gravel to use for the best outcome of the system. Our experienced team will not let you down.
Will the gravel need protection?
Yes. We will install a barrier that keeps away mud and other debris from blocking the flow of water. We might use tar paper or straw depending on what’s available and what you prefer.
Can water from the soil damage my foundation?
Yes. The amount of water found in the soil differs with every location and changes with every season. The change is caused by the precipitation that takes place each time. The water is also capable of moving as gravity pulls it in different directions. Instead of moving downwards, it will move sideways and could reach your house if not dealt with properly. As such, the drain-pipe system will not only protect your foundation from the rainwater above but also from the water in the soil.
Are sump pumps necessary?
It’s not mandatory to have sump pumps. A sump pit will be more valuable in such a system. The sump pit is just a container, and it may not have enough room for the installation of a sump pump. Additionally, the sump pumps can easily fail when there is a frequent power outage in your area. Too much water during a storm can also damage them.
Will gravity affect the backfill soil?
Gravity can compact the soil if it is not done properly already. In most cases, when soil is moved around, the smaller particles are separated. Water that enters the soil moves those particles around, and they can clog the drain tile if they are not covered. By moving these particles around, the water, with the help of gravity, makes the soil more compact. The protective barrier over the gravel will ensure the particles move to the right places to compact the backfill.
Where does the drain tile pipe lead?
The drain tile pipe ends at the water outlet, which leads the water to the sump pit, or a different location away from the house. The pipes should not be placed on top of the foundation footing but alongside instead. This arrangement lowers the water table and keeps the basement floor safer.
You can rely on us for superior waterproofing systems and foundation protection. Contact us anytime for more information.