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How Drain Tile Works

Feb 3, 2014 • By Matthew Stock.

Exterior Drain Tile

Drain tile, whether installed on the interior or exterior of a foundation, can take several forms, including round, square or rectangular.  The shape of the pipe used to create the drain tile system is less important than the design and execution of the system itself even though some in the basement waterproofing industry claim advantages for one “innovative” shape or another.

Regardless of their shape, all drain tile systems work the same way – they relieve pressure and pick up ground water around a foundation and transport it elsewhere.  Drain tile solves a multitude of basement water problems and is a direct descendant of the “French Drain” designed in the 19th century to alleviate flooding on farm land.

In the following brief video, basement waterproofing expert Barry Schilling discusses the various shapes of drain tile components and how the system gathers and disposes of water.  He also discusses how drain tile makes use of “Earth’s natural filter” to prevent clogging and back-up.

At U.S. Waterproofing, we have been installing drain tile for decades and have placed it both inside and outside for a large percentage of the more than 300,000 satisfied customers we have served since our founding in 1957.  Please ask for our free advice on drain tile or any basement waterproofing issue

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