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A Beginners Guide to Interior and Exterior Drain Tile Systems

Drain tile is a network of perforated pipes that are installed underground around the perimeter of your home. Drain tile collects water before it has a chance to seep into your living space and cause damage. There are two main types of drain tile systems—interior and exterior—and each has its own set of pros and cons. 

Interior drain tile systems are installed on the inside of your foundation, under your basement floor. A benefit of interior drain tile is it can be installed without having to excavate around your home, which can save you time and money. 

Exterior drain tile systems are installed around the outside of your foundation walls, at the base of your home. One advantage of exterior drain tile is that it can be used on homes with any type of foundation. 

One downside to exterior drain tile is that it requires excavation around the perimeter of your home in order to be installed. This can be expensive if you have landscaping or features like a patio or deck. 

There are pros and cons to both interior and exterior drain tile systems. The University of Minnesota says interior systems give you the most bang for your buck, but the decision is up to you. The best way to decide which system is right for you is to consult with a drainage expert who can assess your needs and make a recommendation based on their expertise.

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