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How to Lay Drainage Pipe

Updated July 20, 2017

Laying a drainage pipe is something that does not have to be reserved for a professional. If you think you have drainage problems on your property, then laying a drainage pipe is something that you absolutely need to do in order to avoid the headaches that come along with poor drainage. If you lay a drainage pipe, you will avoid erosion, foul odours, insects and leakage into your home. All of the above can be health hazards if they are ignored.

Dig a trench 16 inches deep, preferably in uncompacted soil. Be sure that the trench empties approximately 6 feet away from the foundation of your house.

Lay 2 to 4 inches of gravel in the trench.

Place the pipe in the trench on top of the gravel.

Place 1 inch of gravel over the drainage pipe.

Lay uncompacted soil over the top of the pipe and trench.

Warning

Beware of buried power lines when digging your trench.

Things You'll Need

  • Drainage pipe
  • Shovel
  • Gravel
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