Best Drain Tile for Crawl Spaces and Basements

If your crawl space or basement is prone to flooding, installing the best drain tile will protect your home. Many companies offer inexpensive solutions to drain tile in order to appear more affordable. When the home floods due to water seeping into the crawl space or basement from outside soil, the damage can be significant. Skimping on installing great drain tile system can cause unforeseen expenses to your wallet and your indoor air quality.

What is Drain Tile?

Drain tile is the term given to the plastic pipe used in french drains, basement waterproofing and crawl space water management. It is not actually tile but perforated pipe designed to allow water to enter. Once the water enters the drain tile it can be redirected to a sump pump or other form of discharge to move flood waters away from your home.

Many waterproofing contractors install a PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipe on the interior of the basement or crawl space.

This allows the drain tile to catch water that enters from the foundation walls, the footer and even high water tables. Once the water enters the drain tile it must be moved quickly to a discharge point. Having the best drain tile system can ensure water is removed from your home before flooding becomes a problem.

Drain tiles that move water slowly can bog the waterproofing system and cause the home to flood.

To learn more about waterproofing, click the Essential Guide to Crawl Space Waterproofing below.

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What is the Best Drain Tile?

Many years ago, I did a video comparing the amount of water moved via several types of drain tile. I was amazed at the speed in which Hydraway was able to move water compared to the others. One of the problems with water moving through drain tile is it has to enter the pipe quickly.

The comparison showed Hydraway was allowing water to enter faster than others. Because the water accessed the Hydraway drain tile more rapidly, it could be moved and discharged faster. This made Hydraway capable of discharging more water in less time. I also learned Hydraway has been installed for many years with zero known failure instances.

What is Hydraway Drain Tile?

Hydraway drainage system is currently installed in athletic fields, basements, crawl spaces, and many outdoor residential drainage systems. The lack of failure and ability to move large volumes of water, in my opinion, makes this the best drain tile on the market. Whether installing it in the back yard as a french drain or at the “Field of Dreams” baseball field, Hydraway works unbelievably well at moving large amounts of water.

Where is Hydraway Tile Used?

Hydraway used in residential waterproofing is a flat strip drainage solution. It does not look like other products on the market. According to Hydraway, the flat strip drainage solution has been proven to last longer and perform better than traditional drainage systems. Hydraway id a geo-composite subsurface drain tile composed of a structured high-density polyethylene (HDPE) perforated core.

The HDPE perforated core is thermally bonded to a thick geotextile filter fabric. This design reduces clogs while allowing water collection from all sides. Hydraway can move water up to 70% faster than traditional drainage methods. Unlike other drain tiles that only have small openings or one side water entry, Hydraway provides  a continuous flow path. This faster drainage moves more water to help protect your home from flooding.

Image of the Hydraway basement waterproofing beside the footing

Where Can I Get the Best Drain Tile?

Many homeowners enjoy DIY projects. Crawl space and basement waterproofing are great ways for homeowners to prove their DIY skills. The Crawl Space Ninja DIY Store is making Hydraway drain tile available for DIYers to tackle their own waterproofing projects.

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Crawl Space Ninja is installing Hydraway in our waterproofing and encapsulation projects. We feel the Hydraway drainage solution is the best drain tile for addressing flooding issues in crawl spaces and around the home. With zero failure rate in the field, Hydraway is going to help us be the best crawl space waterproofing company around.

What Can Hydraway Be Used for?

Hydraway products are used for more than just waterproofing crawl spaces and basements. If you want to address standing water in the yard or install a better drainage system in sports fields, Hydraway can help. Here are other applications for Hydraway drain tile:

  • Synthetic turf
  • Natural turf
  • Baseball fields
  • Football fields
  • Soccer fields
  • Golf courses
  • Tennis courts
  • Volleyball courts
  • Crawl space waterproofing
  • Basement waterproofing
  • Interior residential or commercial drainage
  • Exterior residential or commercial drainage
  • Paver drainage
  • Driveway drainage

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