How to Bury Corrugated Drainage Pipes

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Things You'll Need

  • Corrugated drainage pipe

  • Shovel

  • Gravel

A corrugated drainage pipe is also known as a French drain. The pipe contains small holes on one side in order to allow it to absorb water from the soil. It is important to properly bury a corrugated drain pipe so that water does not make its way back to the surface and cause problems such as erosion and standing water. There are just a few supplies necessary in order to effectively bury your pipes and avoid future complications.


Step 1

Dig a 14-inch trench where you plan to run your corrugated drainage pipe. The trench should end at least 6 to 8 feet away from the home.

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Step 2

Lay two inches of gravel inside the trench.


Step 3

Attach the pipe to the downspout, which is attached to the gutters on the home.

Step 4

Lay the corrugated drainage pipe in the trench. Make sure the holes on the pipe are facing down.

Step 5

Place one inch of gravel on top of the pipe.

Step 6

Cover the remainder of the trench with soil.


Contact your township manager to make sure there are no local ordinances prohibiting installation of drainage pipes on your property.