1st Time Home Buyers Should Ask "What Is A Drain Tile System?"

Reblogger Roy Kelley
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During construction of the home the drain tile, a 4" hose engineered with small holes in it, is laid around the exterior of the basement floor of the home in a bed (trench) of tiny rock under/over/around it. This way if water nears the basement floor of your home it will enter the drain tile and be directed to a "pit" inside of the basement wall, the sump pit.

Original content by Bob "RealMan" Timm 7456

Minot Homes

Drain TileOne of the most expensive lessons I learned as a first time home owner was "What is a drain tile system".

I learned that lesson almost 45 years ago when I asked what I could do about my basement that habitually got wet in the spring and after a lot of rain fall.

A drain tile system consists of 3 basic components.

 #1) Drain tile, as pictured above to the right.

#2) A sump pump pit.

#3) A sump pump.

During construction of the home the drain tile, a 4" hose engineered with small holes in it, is laid around the exterior of the basement floor of the home in a bed (trench) of tiny rock under/over/around it. This way if water nears the basement floor of your home it will enter the drain tile and be directed to a "pit" inside of the basement wall, the sump pit.

In my case, as a 1st time home owner who purchased an older existing home this meant that I had to have someone excavate all around my homes exterior to accomplish this.

The sump pump pit is located in the home for two main reasons. #1) to keep the sump pump protected from the elements (especially in climates that freeze like ours in ND) and #2) to give the pump easier (and again protected) access to electricity so you can plug it in.

sump pumpsSump pumps sit in the sump pit and have a triggering mechanism so that when a certain amount of water fills the pit the pump will discharge the water either out into the yard or into the City sewer system. Different municipalities have different regulations as to if you can connect the discharge into the City sewer system or not. Sump pumps come in two basic styles as shown above and range in price from $70.00 to $200.00 dollars. The picture and prices represented are from Menard's Home Improvement.

This is the 1st in a series of articles on drain tile systems and sump pumps especially as needed in Minot ND. The water table in Minot ND is very unusual. Geographically Minot is broken down as three areas: 1) North Hill, 2) The Valley, and 3) South Hill. Believe it or not you are much more likely to need a drain tile system on either hill then in the valley. More to come...

 

 

 

BOB TIMM, BROKER ASSOCIATE, ALLIANCE REAL ESTATE - MINOT

1600 2nd Ave SW (The Arrowhead Shopping Center)

 Minot North Dakota 58701

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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Roy Kelley that's called a perimeter drain and it's piped out to daylight....the time to do this is when the home is being built.... there are quicker fixes with a resale.... a sump pump hole with a pipe to daylight rather than digging to the bottom of the foundation around the home....

good choice for a reblog, Roy....

Jun 10, 2018 03:42 AM #1
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Gabe Sanders
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Not something we need to worry about for most of us in Florida, as we don't have basements.  Though, those that do should have one of these for sure.

Jun 10, 2018 04:51 AM #2
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Gita Bantwal
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Thank you for reblogging the post. I hope others will read it too.

Jun 10, 2018 05:20 AM #3
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Roy Kelley
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Please be sure to leave comments at the original blog by Bob "RealMan" Timm

Jun 10, 2018 05:21 AM #4
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Roy Kelley thank you for rebloging my post. This post was part of a 3 part series on all aspects of the drain tile system. I hope your rebloging of it will help some people avoid the heartache of a basement full of water. One of the many things we laost due to water in the basement was all the slides my father had taken of the family as my sidlings and I were born up to adulthood. Items like that can never be replaced.

Jun 10, 2018 05:34 AM #6
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Joan Cox
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Roy, nice to reblog this one, and we don't see this system in Denver.   We have sump pits and some have pumps, but also exterior perimeter french drains.

Jun 10, 2018 06:46 AM #8
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Thank you very much for stopping by. It is always good to hear from you.

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