Choosing Good Drain Tile

Corrugated drain tile has two advantages: price and length (250' rolls). However, this material tends to collapse easily and is harder to clean. Solid 4" plastic pipe tends to be a much better product. Since much of the cost in installing this type of system is in the labor, it makes sense to spend the money on quality material and make sure that the system is easy to maintain and lasts for a long time.

Corrugated and solid drain tile materials come in perforated and tight-line models. The perforated material should be used in places where the drain pipe is intended to absorb ground water, e.g. at building perimeters. Downspout must be directed to tight lines that move the water away from the foundation of the house.

Any drain tile with a run of over 20 feet should be installed with one or more clean-out locations. A clean-out is created by installing a "T" in the drain tile line. A riser is then installed into the "T". The portion of the riser which sticks out of the ground should be capped.