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    Hi, I'm a newbie. I have a window well without a drain in it. All the other windows have drains going to tiles and then to the sump pump.

    My question is how can I tell if there is drain tile under that window.

    The house was built in 1985. I can't figure why there is no drain in that window unless there is no drain tile under it. It is the closest window to the sump pump.

    I'd like to dig down and add a drain but don't want to unless I know I will find some drain tiles down there.

  • #2
    drain tile

    Thanks for the reply.

    I'm ready to dig. I'm just wondering if there is any drain tile there to dig to.

    Nothing surprizes me anymore. When we dug for a pool we found a 42" by 80" window buried in the backyard! I'm guessing one of the builders must have broken it, buried it, and claimed it never got delivered. There's another one just like it 15' away, on the house!

    How can I find out (before digging) where the drain tile really is?


    • #3
      Thanks again.

      The sump discharge at one point did go straight down next to the window and come up 10 feet away. With Chicago land weather it froze and burst causing it to leak back down into the drain tiles, keeping the pump running, and eventualy burning it out. I have re-routed it away from the house since.

      Now, that you bring that to memory, there must be a drain tile there! Thanks! I now feel confident that I will be able to tap into something other than clay when I get to the bottom of this!


      • #4

        Drain tile systems serve two purposes. Water removal away from the house and water injection into the soil foundation during drought. Drought conditions can cause the soil of your foundation to shrink, causing foundation and footer to fall.
        ZX14 VS HAYABUSA
        Last edited by aaroni; 03-29-2011, 04:16 AM.


        • #5

          Still have not started digging. It's a very rainy spring here in Chicago land.
          When we had a break from the rain, it was so welcome that it was hard not to kick back and just enjoy the weather! Besides, it wasn't a problem then.