This sounds like an odd question, but how do you plug up a field tile?
The reason is that my house sits on a property that was once a tiled
field. The tile was broken at the point where my basement now is. (It
originates at a point higher up a hill). All of the water from the
area is trying to drain into my yard, or more or less into my
basement. I found the tile by accident when I had a contractor dig up
around my basement to reseal the cement brick -ie the basement was
getting wet. For the most part the old brick isn't leaking, but some
of the cement block that I had the contractor install last year had so
much water presure that it pushed the water sealer through the brick,
to the inside of the basement.
I'm going to add my own tile around the house, but I'd like to seal
or dig up the old field tile. I tried plugging the field tile with
hydrolic cement, but water presure blew out the section of plugged
clay tile. If I was to dig it out, how far back should I go to keep
the water away from my basement? The dirt around the basement is
almost pure clay. I'm back filling with sand, after I have the proper
tile installed. I'm using 4" tile with a "sock" around it.