How to Bury Drainage Tile for Gutters

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Improperly burying drainage tiles for your gutter system can lead to an inadequate drain that doesn't channel rainwater away from your home's foundation. Without the right placement, the water could overflow the drainage system or back up entirely, pooling around your foundation and eroding the soil. Properly burying the drainage tiles will ensure that the water drains away from your home, keeping your soil intact.

Things You'll Need

  • Trowel
  • Shovel
  • 60 ceramic drainage tiles
  • 20 to 30 pounds of thumb-sized gravel
  • Ceramic drainage spout
  • Penetrate the sod at the point just below the downspout, using a trowel.

  • Dig beneath the sod with horizontal cutting motions, using the trowel so you can peel the sod backward like an 8-inch- to 12-inch-wide blanket. Make sure to keep it as intact as possible.

  • Dig beneath the sod, continuing to peel it backward until you have a 10-foot- to 20-foot-long section of sod that measures 8 inches to 12 inches wide. If your yard declines on a hill, dig until your trough naturally "exits" the hill.

  • Lay the length of sod aside.

  • Dig an 8-inch to 10-inch-deep trough with the shovel, angling the sides at approximately 45 degrees. Make sure to dig the trough the entire length of the upturned sod.

  • Layer the sides and the bottom of entire length of the trough with ceramic drainage tiles, butting them snugly against one another.

  • Butt the ceramic drainage spout against the end of the trough.

  • Fill the tile-layered trough with enough gravel to reach approximately 1 inch from the top.

  • Top the gravel with a 1-inch layer of dirt, making sure to leave the drainage spout exposed.

  • Cap the soil with the turf.

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References

  • "Homeowner Basics"; Jodie Carter and Matthew Palmer; 2008
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