Drain tile is one of the most useful tools in a basement waterproofing contractor’s toolbox.
It can be installed on the inside or the outside, can drain to a sump pump, storm sewer or to daylight and it can put an end to a variety of basement seepage problems. On the interior, drain tile is a “set it and forget it” type of repair because, when it has been properly installed, it never requires maintenance, cleaning or adjustment. Exterior drain tile suffers from harsher conditions, including frost heave and soil movement, but it is a durable and dependable repair technique.
The material used to install a drain tile system is not, of course, tile as we think of it. However the pipe used in drain tile installation today could be made of a material similar to tile but is more likely to be made of plastic.
In the following brief video basement waterproofing expert Barry Schilling explains his theory of how drain tile got its name and the advantages and disadvantages of each type and material.
At U.S. Waterproofing, we’ve installed miles of drain tile for many of our more than 300,000 satisfied customers since we opened our doors in 1957. We’re happy to answer your questions about drain tile and to offer our free advice.