How to Install PVC Drain Tile

What You'll Need
Metal Saw
Hand Shovel
Carpenters Level
PVC Sealant
Perforated and Non-Perforated PVC Drain Tile
PVC Drain Elbow
PVC Drain Joint
Tile Exit Grates
Top Soil

To protect your home against water damage, you should install a PVC drain tile to channel water away from your foundation structure and prevent damage to your home. To install a PVC drain, here is what you should do.

Step 1 – Plan Then Dig the Trench

Check the area to lay the PVC drain tile; where it starts and where it ends. This is best applied to the part where water is settling in. Level of the tile must be inclined to where you intend the water should go – which is away from your house. Cut the trench using hoe and dig with shovel. The PVC drain is about 4-inch in diameter so the trench must be deeper than that. Moreover, ensure that the end of the PVC drain tile lay-out is “lower” than the portion where you begin to ensure water is draining towards the other end. 

Step 2 – Lay down the Tile

Lay down the PVC drain tile ensuring that the perforated side is on top. Use a PVC drain joint to connect another if the stretch is longer than the whole PVC length. Use carpenter’s level to check the PVC drain tile is inclined to the direction of the exit point. The PVC sealant comes in handy to melt both applied surfaces and fix the joined portion when it dries. Use perforated portions on areas where water seepage is around; use non-perforated drain on dry areas until the planned PVC drain lay-out is completed. Get the PVC elbow to join drain lengths if needed due to obstacles, for instance. Re-check the level to ensure water will flow to the intended direction. Use hand shovel to remove soil underneath if a portion needs to be lower.

Step 3 – Install the Filtration Felt

Cover the perforated portions of the PVC drain with filtration felt to allow the water seep into the drain while keeping the away soil. Make sure that your filtration felt is properly install to prevent foreign objects from getting inside your drain and cause blockage.

Step 4 – Cover with Gravel then Top Soil

Fill in washed gravel first at the sides then on top of the filtration felt. Continue through the entire length of the pipe lay-out. After you are done filling the sides with washed gravel, you need to cover the whole stretch with top soil.

Step 5 – Finishing up

To create an exit ditch for your water, dig 3-ft by 3-ft at the end of the drain. The ditch should be 3-ft lower than the end-of-drain level. Stack gravel into the ditch to cover till the level at the end of the drain. Put the tile exit grates at the mouth of the drain. Cover it with the filtration felt. Carefully place gravel around the exit grate then pile up more gravel towards the level of top soil surface. Cover this with top soil.