How Do Weeping Tiles Work To Keep Water Out Of Your Basement

For homeowners looking for ways to prevent water from leaking into the foundation of the home, weeping tiles may be the answer you are looking for. Weeping tiles are actually not tiles, but a system of porous pipes which are used for underground drainage solutions. Weeping tiles are often plastic with slits cut lengthwise along the length of the pipe or concrete channel, which is then buried along the rim of the foundation of the home. After it is submerged into the ground it is then covered up with aggregate or substrate rocks, and these aggregate rocks act as a barrier to any soil and debris from falling through the silts into the weeping tile system. This allows only water to pass into the weeping tile system.

How do weeping tiles remove moisture away from your home foundation? The weeping tiles are connected to your storm sewer or a sump pump. This carries away water that may have entered into your foundation, away from your home and preventing any water damage that may have resulted otherwise. The only reduce infiltration flooding a home owner will see is that which comes from deep in the ground, the weeping tiles will prevent most reduce infiltration flooding. Weeping tiles can prevent flooding and water logging of your foundation walls. Weeping tiles are found anywhere that soil needs to be drained. The good thing about a weeping tile system is they are an affordable solution to drainage. These can also be referred to as a “Foundation Drain” although the more proper term is “weeping tile”.

The water from a weeping tile system is typically clean water and will require no special considerations as far as water disposal goes, so it will not need to be treated at a sanitary sewage treatment facility. The run off water can be fed into the sewer system or connected to a drainage pipe and released elsewhere on the property. For maintenance, one only has to keep the system clear of debris yearly, as over time some weeping tiles may become clogged in some sections. Plastic weeping tiles are less susceptible to collapsing and clogging. Yearly maintenance will ensure your weeping tile system is running correctly and prevent costly repairs and service jobs needing to be done. If you have one of these systems installed, make sure to have a clean-out port with access from the surface installed for easy maintenance of your weeping tile system.

If your community does not allow weeping tile systems to be connected to a storm sewer system, another option of drainage of the weeping tile system is the use of a sump-pit. You have the drainage go to the sump pit and then pumped out via a sump pump. This water can then be directed elsewhere on the property and away from the homes foundation. The sump pump system will also need routine yearly maintenance to run effectively and at peak performance. If you are relying on a sump pump to carry water away from your drainage system it is highly recommended to have a back up sump pump with battery power installed, as power failure or failure of the primary pump during a heavy storm can cause damage to your property.