Greetings. You may remember me from last year's "ELBOWS - seal with
sealant or duct tape?" thread about the extensive downspout system I
used to drain water away from my house to keep it out of the basement.
It proved ineffective and difficult to maintain (the plastic elbow
joints froze and cracked over the winter). So I put in a trench/tiling
system, something my neighbors installed a few years ago to keep water
out of their basements. They swear no water has come in since.
My installers did things slightly differently. They used a flexible
pipe instead of PVC. It's covered with fabric to keep dirt out of the
pipe. And they used a green plastic above-ground grill at the low point
on my property. My neighbors have a metal grill that lies flat on the
ground above a rectangular low-point opening/front end access spot. Dad
and I worried the green plastic grill was too high, so the installers
dug it down a bit and we sloped the dirt around it.
Photos of the whole process are here:
The estimate for the work was about $2,500.
...shows the low point on the property.
At one point, they did cut the gas line
). But the
weather was great for the project, so there ya go.