How to Lay Drainage Pipe

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How to Lay Drainage Pipe
Laying a drainage pipe will save you many headaches. (drainpipe image by ROSEYC from

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.

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Things you need

  • Drainage pipe
  • Shovel
  • Gravel

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Lay 2 to 4 inches of gravel in the trench.

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    Place 1 inch of gravel over the drainage pipe.

  5. 5

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

Tips and warnings

  • Beware of buried power lines when digging your trench.

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