Tile Drainage 101

Tile drainage

The drain tile is not like the tile you have at your home. It is different from those floors. Usually, drain tiles are flexible pipes that include small preformed holes. These are installed downward the soil so that water can drain out of the pipe quickly and slowly.

When it comes to drain tiles, there are two types you can choose from:

  1. PVC Drain Tile
  2. Flexible Drain Tile


  1. PVC Drain Tile

The benefits of using drain tiles are –

  • It lasts longer.
  • If any clogging occurs, then it can be cleared with plumbers.

The cons of PVC drain tiles are –

  • Difficult to work.
  • Very expensive.
  1. Flexible Drain Tile

Usually, flexible drain tiles are cheaper compared to PVC due to their flexibility, and working with these tiles is easier.

But the downside of flexible drain tiles is that they do not last long. Also, they can be damaged by tools.

How to Install Drain Tile?

Generally, drain tiles are installed below the ground; hence, they need to be trenched into the ground. Often the trenches were dug 12 inches wide and 16 to 24 inches deep. In order for water to move in the correct direction, the trenches should be in property slope plus grade.

A layer of crushed rock is laid at the bottom once the trench is dug. And against the gravel, with any drainage holes.

In order to keep the roots from clogging the holes, the drain tile should be wrapped with fabric. But most of the perforated pipe comes with ready wrapped in water-permeable fabric.

However, to aid in better water penetration, the trench is filled with gravel when the drain tile is installed.

When You Should Install Drain Tile?

The best time of installing drain tile is when a home is being built; this is the easiest way. You can also install this drain tile when repairing the house or renovating. Remember, some special equipment needs to be used to create trenches.

However, you can also manage excess water in your landscape without installing the drain tile. Such as –

  1. By creating Creek Beds or swales
  2. Grading
  3. Installing Rain Garden
  4. Utilizing Rain Barrels


So, what benefits will you get when installing tile drainage on your farm? Here are a few advantages that you can read on.

  1. It gives a better plant stand
  2. Your plants will have fewer disease
  3. The soil would be less compaction
  4. You will get a consistent yields
  5. It reduces your financial risk
  6. Tile drainage ensures minor wear and tear
  7. It lets you efficiently use the resources
  8. Improves the harvesting conditions on the land
  9. It required less power for the field operation
  10. The plants get less stress

Bottom Line

To give you peace of mind or extra security, you can install the drain tile. During the early stage of new building construction, installing a drain system is easiest. However, if you want to take less stress, installing tile drainage is a great way.