Energy Bill Increasing? Your Windows May be to Blame

How To Properly Install An Exterior Drain Tile

To protect your home from moisture, you will want to install an exterior drain tile. This will preserve the foundation from moisture that can contribute to the foundation wall deteriorating. Rather than the water pooling near the foundation, it has somewhere else to drain. Exterior drain tiles are much easier to install than interior drain tiles, so if you have a finished basement that does not have an interior drain tile and you are concerned with flooding, this is a good option for your home. Exterior drain tiles are not able to be easily modified. For this reason, you will need to make sure that your exterior drain tile is installed properly in the first place.

Dig the Trench

To lay down the drain tile, you will need to dig a trench next to your home. Dig the trench in such a way that creates a slope toward the outlet.

Place the Drain

The drain should be placed alongside the foundation footer rather than on top of it. Doing so allows for you to lower the water table by at last six inches. The trench will need to travel to a nearby outlet.

Use a Stake and String to Measure the Slope

Pound stakes into the ground at east side of the trench. Then, stretch a string that attaches to both stakes and mark the point where the line is level. You can write this on the stake nearest to the outlet. You can determine how much you will need to make the trench drop by measuring the distance between each stake and multiplying this amount by 1 percent. This will determine how low the lower part of the trench must be.

Line the Trench

The trench needs to be lined with landscape cloth that covers the bottom and a portion of the sides of the trenches. Then, place a tile at the very bottom of the trench and make sure that the tile is placed in the center.

Measure the Slope Again

Since it is so important to make sure that the drainpipe slopes, use a level to measure the extent of the slope. You may need to add or remove soil to correct the slope. Once the drainpipe is finished you will need to cover it with coarse gravel or rock. Then, fill the rest of the trench with gravel to hold the drainpipe in place. You can also use the soil that was originally removed when digging the trench. For more information, visit

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Energy Bill Increasing? Your Windows May be to Blame

I noticed my energy bill was slowly creeping up higher and higher. The first thing I thought could be the cause of the problem, was my air conditioning and heating system. After a thorough inspection, the repair company said that was in great condition. So I did some research online and found that old windows could be the cause of energy bills increasing. I had no idea that as your windows age and lose efficiency, your energy bill begins to go up. In fact, that is one of the earliest signs that your windows may need to be replaced in the near future. If I didn't know this information, I am sure others didn't as well, so I created this site to educate others. This site includes many signs that indicate your windows need to be replaced, including an increasing energy bill.