Weeping tile is essentially a drainage system to keep water away from the foundation of a building. Despite its name, weeping tile isn’t actually tiles! This is a reference back to the days when terracotta pipes were used for drainage.
Today, weeping tiles refer to a system of plastic pipes with holes or small slits that are laid horizontally. What is weeping tile for? They are used to collect excess ground water and prevent flooding and foundation damage.
The purpose of weeping tile is to divert water. There are external (along the outside wall of a building) and internal (along the inside wall of a basement) weeping tile systems you can choose one or use both if you live in an area with a high water table or risk of flooding.
There are several benefits to weeping tile systems, they:
There are variations in the types of weeping tile and installation methods. Abarent employs weeping tile installation and repair professionals that can get the job done right!
Interior weeping tile installation is the more affordable solution, which is great for your budget if you live in an area that doesn’t have a high flood risk. This might be all you need to keep your basement dry! An internal system is installed along the inside wall of the basement. The pipes are positioned horizontally so if the water level rises it will be captured by the system.
Your weeping tile system does need a little help in doing its job! You should conduct a check to make sure you check that:
If you want to diagnose if your weeping tiles is plugged look for the following signs:
You may need weeping tile installation if you have an older home and it doesn’t have it installed yet. Weeping tile is a must if it was built before being made mandatory in the building code (1958).
If you are also experiencing some of the issues mentioned above, you may want to have it inspected and consider a weeping tile repair. We may be able to diagnose if there has been excess sediment buildup, if your weeping tile has collapsed, or even if tree roots have shifted causing damage to the system.
Keeping your weeping tile in working condition is incredibly important because it is an essential part of your drainage system that keeps water, which can cause a massive amount of damage, out of your home.
Contact our Vancouver team for more information or an estimate on weeping tile installation or repair costs.
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