Tile Drainage

Tile Drainage is used to control shallow groundwater levels, dewater saturated soils, and flush salts from soil. 

The removal of excess water allows more oxygen into the soil, improving soil conditions for the overlying crop and producing greater yield. 

Over time, salts can accumulate in the soil. Salts inhibit the ability of plants to uptake nutrients. Farmers can leach salts through the soil profile, out of the tile lines, and away from the field.

What is Tile Drainage?

Tile Drainage is a network of subsurface perforated pipes, called “tile lines”, used to collect water and move it off site. 

Typically, a series of lateral lines connect to a mainline that lead water away from the field and into a drain. 



LIDCO uses over 60 years of experience to design custom systems for every project. We take into consideration water table depth, soil texture, soil hydraulic conductivity, topography, and other field constraints to optimize drainage performance.


Tile Drainage Systems are typically installed in fields before the farmer plants or develops the overlying land. In a single pass, our specialized machinery cuts a trench, inserts corrugated perforated pipe at the desired depth of 3 to 15 feet below the surface, and surrounds the pipe with gravel. 

This technique greatly reduces the cost and time of installation compared to trenching with a backhoe or excavator. 


System Maintenance

Cleaning of tile drainage systems is common practice using a high pressure water jetting truck. LIDCO can perform maintenance and clean Tile Drainage Systems.


LIDCO has been providing on farm soil drainage and dewatering services since 1960. LIDCO provides a full range of professional drainage services. Our specialized equipment and experienced team are unmatched in the industry. 

In 2017, LIDCO pioneered the installation of Tile Recharge.