How to Repair Drain Tile. Since it hides beneath the surface of a home's perimeter, it's easy for homeowners to overlook the importance of drain tile. Drain tile is one of your home's chief defenses against water damage. Without drain tile, water would seep into the structure of your basement thereby flooding it, or worse, causing damage directly to the structure itself. That's why it's critical to repair drain tile as soon as you notice water in your basement or shifts in your sediment.
Things You'll Need
- Drain tile
- Water filter paper
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Replace Damaged Drain Tile
Unearth the drain tile in the area where damage is becoming apparent. If there is water damage or seepage in your basement, then the damage to the drain tile should be nearby on the drain tile opposite the wall. You may require heavy equipment to unearth the drain tile depending on how deep it is and how hard the earth is around your foundation.
Clear away the gravel layer that covers the drain tile and footer. Save this gravel as it can easily be reused once you complete your drain tile repair (just be sure that you have extra to replace any that gets lost or mixed up with the sediment).
Remove the damaged section of drain tile from the edge of the footer. This step may require you to break seals at either end of the pipe in order to remove it for repair. It is possible to cut away a section of the pipe a few inches from a joint so it can be re-seamed later.
Replace the damaged drain tile with new drain tile. It is very important to ensure that you have the proper size drain tile prior to beginning repairs. Take measurements of the existing drain tile before you purchase a replacement tile.
Recover the drain tile with the gravel and sediment you previously removed. It's important to also remember to replace the water filtration system at the bottom of the drain tile to ensure sediment doesn't seep into the drain tile itself.