10669 E. Washington St. Rd.
Argenta, IL 62501
217-669-2290
800-531-2290

LINKS to resources we find useful...

Illinois Drainage Guide - Online  is the bible for Illinois drainage, University of Illinois extension.

Dr. Richard Cooke - Associate Professor, U of I college of ACES.  

ILICA - Illinois Chapter of the Land Improvement Contractors of America.

ADMC - Agricultural Drainage Management Coalition website.
 

Web Soil Survey - NRCS Soils site.  Get maps and listing of soils for a given location.

Google Earth is a free download, and great resource for satellite imagery.

Firefox - Mozilla's free Firefox browser. 

FAQ INDEX

Drainage Related
1. I want to pattern tile my field, but my neighbor won't let me cross to the ditch, what can I do?
2. Is it ok to work my field before you come to install tile?
3. What kind of payback on my investment can I expect?
4. Do I have to install the whole system at one time?
5. What is the life expectancy of a drainage system with plastic tile?
6. Will the tile outlet work if it's under water?
7. My field has tile, but doesn't seem to be draining, what's wrong?
8. My field is really hilly, will tile help the drainage?
9. When can I level off the trenches from a completed tile installation?
10. When you plow tile, how do you know if you've hit an existing tile?
Septic Related
1. I'm building a new house, what system do I need?
2. I am going to apply for a building permit, when do I submit for a septic permit?
Miscellaneous
1. How much will it cost?
2. When can you get started?

FAQ

Drainage Related
1. I want to pattern tile my field, but my neighbor won't let me cross to the ditch, what can I do?

According to Illinois drainage law, you cannot be blocked from your natural outlet, . If you can't secure a gentlemen's agreement, an attorney will need to be consulted.

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2. Is it ok to work my field before you come to install tile?

We ask that you refrain from working fields any more than absolutely necessary. As you know, we will have equipment in the field which can create compaction. This will need "broken up" with tillage equipment. Therefore, it's also in your best interest to minimize time and fuel used, until after the project is completed.

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3. What kind of payback on my investment can I expect?

This depends an a number of factors, including the severity of the drainage problem and the cost to remedy. Typical paybacks usually are in the range of 2-10 years. To estimate your own payback, this is a spreadsheet by ADS which may be of assistance.

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4. Do I have to install the whole system at one time?

No, not with SFDI. We do however, recommend a complete, engineered "master plan" so that watershed acres are taken into account. This insures correct main sizing and accounting for any factors which will effect the overall system design. Once a plan is agreed to, the project may be completed in "phases", at the customer's direction.

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5. What is the life of a drainage system with plastic tile?

Indefinetly, when manufacturer's specifications for installation are followed. Here are a couple of installation guides: ADS installation page and Prinsco installation page.

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6. Will the tile outlet work if it's under water?

Optimum flow is reduced.  The Illinois Drainage Guide provides software to calculate how much here.

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7. My field has tile, but doesn't seem to be draining, what's wrong?

In most cases, existing tile was randomly laid, too shallow, and undersized for today's farming expectations.

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8. My field is really hilly, will tile help the drainage?

Most definitely. Intercepting the water as it migrates to lower elevations contains your inputs and soil. This also reduces the amount of water which concentrates at lower elevations (ponding).

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9. When can I level off the backfill mounds over trenches from a completed tile installation?

Wait as long as possible. At least until 3 or 4 solid rainfall events, which promote settling. It is much easier to level off mounds, than to fill in settling below grade. Consider that while it may appear there is extra dirt mounded over the trenchline, it came out of the trench in the first place. If premature leveling is required for field operations, leave it mounded as high as operations will allow.

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10. When you plow tile, how do you know if you've hit an existing tile?

The short answer is, "we don't". That's why we only plow tile as part of a total, patterned system, unless specifically directed otherwise. On patterned field systems, we "open cut" all main trenches and perimeter laterals where there is a chance of incoming tiles from neighboring fields. Further, as part of the planning process, any existing tile maps or information is requested. In many cases, we also conduct exploratory trenching to determine existing tiles of consequence. We have yet to dig in a field, which does not have some sort of existing tile in it!

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Septic Related
1. I'm building a new house, what system do I need?

Before that can be answered, a soil analysis is required by most county health departments. This is performed by a soil scientist. With this information, the type of system and size can be determined. We can arrange for the soil analysis, or we can provide contact information.

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2. I am going to apply for a building permit, when do I submit for a septic permit?

In many cases, a septic plan is required AT THE TIME you apply for a building permit. We can arrange for a soil analysis, and assemble a plan for you to submit. It is helpful, but not required, that you provide a site plan.

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Miscellaneous
1. How much will it cost?

Lets be honest, this is THE #1 FAQ. Every project is different. While some contractors roam the country quoting fixed per acre costs, the truth is every project is different. What we can tell you is, a plan will be provided beforehand with all the details and costs worked out. One thing is for sure, "you're paying for drainage, whether you have it or not"!

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2. When can you get started?

Ok, maybe not the #1 FAQ, but close. Weather and field conditions play a MAJOR role in the amount of time available for work, making it virtually impossible to pinpoint exact dates. While most customers desire tiling to be done in the fall/winter, this is also the worst time of year to plan on good conditions. One way to speed up the process, is to allow mains to be installed during the summer months, with the laterals being installed in the fall/winter. Ask us about crop damage compensation for this method.

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