Water is a useful and necessary part of life. However, too much of it can have some damaging impacts on your home if not handled properly. Water damage and erosion are just two reasons to consider installing a drainage pipe. This project is a preventative way to protect your home from any unwanted, excess water. By combining underground pipes with your gutter system, it is possible to safely and effectively divert water from your home. Read on to discover the steps required to install a drainage pipe.
Step One: Mark Installation Area
Before you begin, clearly mark the path for the installation of the drainage pipe. You can use a marking spray to designate the area. Try to make the path as direct as possible.
Step Two: Dig a Trench
Dig a deep trench where you plan for the drainage to end. It should be around 8 to 10 inches wide and 16 to 18 inches deep. Be sure to continue the trench up to the downspout on the house. Smooth the trench bottom by getting rid of any roots or rocks. Then, dig a large hole where you plan for the pipe to end.
Step Three: Attach Pipe
At the bottom of the rain gutter, attach downspout adapter using clips to hold it into place. Next, put a 90 degree elbow at the end of the trench and measure the distance from the adapter to the middle of the elbow. Cut the pipe to match the measurement. Insert pipe into the space between the downspout adapter and the elbow using cement or another type of adhesive. Continue attaching pipe using couplers until layout of pipe is complete. Extend excess pipe into the hole and cement it before evenly filling the hole with gravel.
Step Four: Fill Trench
After the pipes are set and dried, add dirt to any part of the pipe that does not lay flat. This will add support to the drainage system. Pack it evenly across the ground and fill in completely.
Because of the durability and affordability of PVC pipes, these are often the preferred type of pipe to use for drainage purposes. A variety of other types can be used as well, ranging from copper to cast iron to corrugated polyethylene, though they are not as widely used as PVC for drainage purposes. The pipes will need to be connected underground and properly hooked up to gutters to work effectively, so consider that when choosing the type of pipe to use.
If you have any questions about drainage pipe installation or the type that is best suited for your system, feel free to contact us!