4 Tips for Running PVC Drain Lines

If you have ever watched a home renovation show on television you have noticed PVC drain lines being installed. These can be for the home, downspouts or pools and hot tubs. Placing any number of PVC drain lines in your yard can have some issues but it is something that you can do yourself. The article that follows will share with you several tips and tricks on how to lay PVC drain lines regardless of what they are going to be used for.

1. Level the Ground

When you install PVC drain lines you want the pipes to lay flat and on the same level, as uneven ground can cause problems with the flow of water. When you dig out the trenches for the pipe, do so at the dame depth throughout the entire track. As you remove the dirt use a tamper and a level to make sure that the ground is flat.

2. Weeds and Roots

It does not matter if you are digging a hole for a pool or a water fountain, you always have to worry about weeds and roots. No matter what you do these will always grow and they do not care what is in their way as they will do their best to wrap around or go through it. PVC pipe is no different than rubber or any other material. Weeds and roots can break through the plastic. In order to prevent this from happening you need to use landscaper’s fabric. Once the land has been excavated you will need to place the fabric inside the hole. The PVC pipe is placed and then the fabric is folded over it. The PVC drain line is then buried with the dirt. The landscaper’s fabric is made in such a way that weeds and roots cannot penetrate it.

3. Gradual Grade

In order to use PVC drain lines in your home they need to be installed in such a way that they do not lay flat. They actually need to be on a slight angle or gradient. This is more of an issue with land that is flat as opposed to somewhat hilly. When you dig the ground out for the PVC pipes you need to do so in a gradually declining fashion. When you lay the pipe in the ground it will be angled down slightly. It should not be noticeable as you do not need it to be that extreme.

4. Deep Enough

One of the main mistakes someone makes when installing PVC drains is not making the trenches deep enough. You want the PVC pipe to be completely buried and the ground on top even. You also want the PVC pipe to be installed at least a foot down. In order to gauge the depth use a piece of PVC pipe that is identical to the PVC drain line you are using. Place the piece in the hole to gauge the depth. Continue digging until it is correct.