How to Tell If Your Basement Drain Tile Is Clogged

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If you have drain tile, which is a system of pipes fitted around your foundation, you may be concerned about them becoming clogged. These tiles are usually used to move water away from your sump pit. If they become blocked or clogged, your crawl space or basement may flood. The best way to resolve the problem is to regularly check your drain tile space.

Step 1 - Check the Sump Pit

Examine the area from which the drain tile is carrying water. Sump pits are usually located in the basement or crawl space of your home. Ensure that your pit is fully drained. If you can see the water hanging about in your pit, particularly after heavy rain, then your drain tile could be blocked. Examine your basement for damp walls. Also check where the basement connects to the foundations, and look for cracks.

Step 2 - Check the Drain Tile Outlet

Check the drain tile outlet after rains. After a heavy rain, water should be pouring out of the drain tile. Use your stick to examine the edge of the outlet, then wait for the water to stop flowing before checking the pipes using a flashlight.