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By Marty in Boston, MA on 9/26/2008


My question pertains to installing a perimeter drain in the back side of my home where I have a walk-out basement.  I am planning to lay the drain pipe flush with the footing for most of the home; however, I am confused as to how to lay the pipe in the back of my home where the footing is located four feet below the basement slab.

 

My excavator told me that the pipe should be laid 6 inches below the basement slab (obviously on the outside of the foundation wall pitched to sunlight).  When I think about this however, I am confused as to how this will work.  Isn’t the pipe supposed to be laid at the bottom of the wall to prevent the water from seeping between the footing and the wall?  Also, since the basement floor is four feet above the footing, why do I need a perimeter drain anyway??

 

Thanks in advance for your help.

Marty


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