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What Is Weeping Tile? Helpful Facts for Homeowners

Drainage issues are not always easy to detect, so it is wise to do as much waterproofing as you can on your own to avoid any problems down the line. Is a weeping tile one of the best waterproofing methods to prevent issues with your drainage system? What is weeping tile and how does it work?

In the following article, we shall explain the benefits of a weeping tile. Consult your local plumbing agency for information on the weeping tile cost and any other questions that may arise.

What Is Weeping Tile?

Developed in 1849 by Henry Flagg French, the weeping tile drainage system is composed of 4-inch porous pipes that are used for drainage. Today, they are designed of PVC, but originally they were made of terracotta tiles. Modern weeping tile pipes have small slits or “weep holes”, which are used to redirect water away from your home.

Here is a brief description of how to install weeping tile:

The weeping tile pipes are installed into a trench that runs on the outside perimeter of the home (an exterior weeping tile) or under the basement floor on the inside of the home (an interior weeping tile) The groundwater will then flow through the holes into the weeping tile as it rises, then following the incline of the pipes away from the home. Moreover, it can run to a sump pump system.

Why Is a Weeping Tile Necessary?

  • Protect Your Home from Surface Water

Surface water is a potential hazard for homeowners. It can lead to soil erosion as well as pooling in low-lying areas of your property. A weeping tile will redirect the water from such areas or even divert it altogether.

  • Protect Your Home from Foundation Damage

Soil that has been over-saturated with water can cause hydrostatic pressure on your home’s foundation. Weeping tile drainage will relieve this pressure, thus preventing damage to the foundation of your home.

  • Keep Your Basement Dry

No homeowner wants to deal with water damage or flooding in their basement. A weeping tile can effectively redirect and prevent this water from entering your basement.

  • Protect Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are used to prevent erosion. Also, they can increase the amount of usable land on your property. It is imperative to protect the retaining wall from water pressure that may build up due to excessive saturation. A toe drain, or a weeping tile drainage system, should be behind the retaining wall, near the footing, to prevent this from happening. 

While it could be a bit costly to initially install the weeping tile system, it is undoubtedly a wise investment. A properly installed and maintained weeping tile drainage system can prevent the damage to your property, basement, and foundation, which can save you a great deal of money in the long run.

Still confused as to what is weeping tile? Contact DrainCom to see if a weeping tile system will benefit your home. Call us today for all of your plumbing and drainage needs.

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