Evolution of Drain Tile

drain tile cleaning in Maple RidgeTo know how drain tiles began, it is important to know what they actually are. Drain tile or a French drain system draws water away from the foundation to prevent standing water and seepage into a home or business. Sometimes these drains become clogged with debris and intervention is necessary. The experts at High Mark Plumbing can help with your drain tile cleaning in Maple Ridge.

Drain tile in the United States was first noted by Massachusetts resident, Henry French in the mid-1800s. They were simple trenches dug out and filled with rocks or broken bricks. These simple “French” drains were often used to drain swampy land to create better farmland and were very slow and ineffective. Other trenches were carved out in dirt cellars and followed the wall lines where pipes were laid, covered in bark and then with soil.

Later drain tiles, before the mid-1900s, were made from clay and had no holes in them as we see today. Each section of pipe was placed about a quarter of an inch from the next one to allow for drainage.

Today’s French drains are much more durable, as they are made from heavy plastic or PVC pipe in a wide variety of shapes and are perforated throughout for excellent drainage. Sometimes a nylon-like covering is added over the pipe to ensure against extra dirt and waste.

If your drain tile seems to be backing up, contact the experienced plumbers at High Mark Plumbing at (604) 945-6060 for affordable and lasting drain tile cleaning in Maple Ridge.