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.
Beware of buried power lines when digging your trench.
Tips and warnings
- Beware of buried power lines when digging your trench.