FAQ

How Much Does it Cost?

There can be a dramatic difference in price from field to field when it comes to tile drainage. We have seen fields range between $800-$1200/ac for pattern tiling. Listed below are some of the major cost influencing factors:

·       Outlet Potential
               o   Gravity or pumped outlet
·       Soil Type
               o   Pipe style (filter/no filter)
               o   Spacing (20’-50’ lateral spacing)
·       Topography
               o   Main line sizing (higher grade=smaller mains)
               o   Main line location (multiple mains, # of connections, etc.)

Why Do You Need a Drainage Assessment?

The ‘Drainage Assessment’ is the most important part of getting a project going. With the information we collect, we can give a very accurate estimate of the work required to complete your project. Also, regulatory bodies require a designed plan in order to issue permits. 

Will Tile Drainage Dry Out My Land?

Tile drainage only removes excess water from the soil profile. The soil will still hold onto plant available water, and provide an aerobic environment for the plant. Many times, a summer rain won’t even make it to the tile lines, as the soil absorbs it entirely, and it is used by the crop.

Does Tile Drainage Work in Heavy Clays?

It is proven to work in heavy clays, as long as the system is designed and installed properly. Generally, a spacing of 20’-35’ is recommended for heavier soil. There have been hundreds of these fields successfully installed in Red River Valley clays.

What is a Drainage Coefficient?

A 'Drainage Coefficient' is a unit of measurement that is used by drainage contractors to quantify the amount of water a drainage system can handle. A drainage coefficient of 3/8 inches/24hr means that the tile in the system can transport 3/8" of excess water across a given area in a 24 hour period. To increase a drainage coefficient, you must increase the slope of a pipe, or the size.