Weeping tiles are increasingly becoming a popular choice for basement waterproofing. For many properties in Toronto, weeping tile installation is essential. The city’s infrastructure has many underground waterways that pose a threat to a house’s foundation. Some areas also have water table issues that might cause a leaky basement. A water table refers to the upper level of water that collects on the surface below it. And although the water table is several metres below your house’s foundation, heavy rainfall can cause the water levels to rise and seep into your basement.
Nonetheless, weeping tile installation is one of the many waterproofing techniques that help prevent water from entering and damaging your basement when your draining system fails.
How Do Weeping Tiles Work?
Weeping tiles come in two types depending on where we install them: interior and exterior. Although the two kinds of weeping tiles are in different parts of the house, they both work to serve the same purpose: keeping water out of your basement.
1. Exterior Weeping Tiles
This type of weeping tile is installed around the perimeter of the house from the outside. This system consists of gravel, a plastic pipe, and a trench that channels water away from your house. When water seeps into the ground that surrounds your property, exterior weeping tiles filter it through the gravel then through the pores in the pipes. After that, the water is directed away from your home.
2. Interior Weeping Tiles
This kind of weeping tile is installed under the basement floor inside the house. To install interior weeping tiles, we dig a trench around the perimeter of the basement from the inside. Next, we install the pipe around the basement perimeter.
Moreover, installing interior weeping tiles often goes hand in hand with installing a sump pump. After we place the pipe in the trench, we connect its end to the sump pit where water collects. The sump pump will then expel the excess water out of the basement.
Homeowners should also bear in mind that the installation process for both types of weeping tiles requires excavation done by a professional plumber.
The Benefits of Weeping Tiles
Like any basement waterproofing method, weeping tiles come with the following advantages:
- Cost-effective waterproofing solution
- Maintains your basement and prevents water damage from affecting it
- Protects your property from mould, mildew, and other harmful infestations
- Maintain the integrity of your house’s foundation
How Do I Know If a Weeping Tile Is Not Working?
If your weeping tiles aren’t working, the soil around your property will be very soft. You can check by running a hose need the exterior foundation wall and watching your sump pit. If the pit fills up with water, your weeping tile is working correctly. If not, the tile is probably clogged or broken.
How Much Does Weeping Tile Installation Cost?
The price of installing weeping tiles varies from one project to another. It depends on the size of the house, the excavation process, and the type of weeping tile, interior or exterior.
How You Can Maintain Weeping Tiles
Weeping tile maintenance includes regularly removal of any leaves or debris that might clog the tile. It also includes ensuring your sump pump works properly, or even adding a backup sump pump just in case.
While homeowners can maintain or unclog their weeping tiles themselves, you should still contact an expert. A professional plumber can conduct a thorough camera inspection that points you directly to the cause of the problem.
Water Guard Plumbing is your go-to plumbing expert. Serving homeowners across Toronto and the GTA, you can count on our expertise for weeping tile installation. Our plumbing services are always up to industry standards and municipal bylaws, simply for your peace of mind. Contact us for more information about weeping tiles or book a service online.