Interior Drain Tile vs. Exterior Drain Tile - Which System is Better?

Having a water problem in your basement is not fun; in fact, it is pretty much a pain in the butt!  Often the solution is fairly conservative, such as a foundation crack repair.  Other times Murphy’s Law strikes homeowners - the problem requires a more liberal approach.  Life isn’t always about the cards you get but how you deal with them.

If you have been keeping up with our prior blogs, you may already have a general understanding of how drain tile systems work.  Perhaps you haven't, and are still unsure if you really need drain tile.  If you have come to grips with the fact that you need drain tile to solve your seepage problem, this particular blog is dedicated to you.

Drain Tile Systems, or more specifically Footing Tile Systems, are installed at the lowest point of the structure, alongside the footing.  The piping system can be installed on either the outside of the footing (Exterior Drain Tile) or on the inside of the footing (Interior Drain Tile System).  What best meets your needs?

The following comparison describes the differences between Interior and Exterior Drain Tile Systems, based on functionality and installation factors.  We hope this helps you to make the best decision for you and your home.

Interior Drain Tile System



Exterior Drain Tile System



Both Interior and Exterior Drain Tile Systems have proven to provide lasting results for thousands of homeowners, just like you.  We install more Interior systems for one main reason – the difference in costs.  Simply put, it requires less labor to break through a couple inches of concrete inside your home than it is to excavate through several feet of soil on the outside.  Now, if you have a highly finished basement which requires a lot of job preparations, the economics may change. 

Need more information?  Contact us for a free evaluation.  Our experience over the last 55 years gives us plenty of perspective.  And we would love to add you to our list over 300,000 served!


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