Underpinnings.ca is the GTA’s go-to place for weeping tile installation. Our experts will inspect your home before making recommendations on what maintenance should be done in your home.
Weeping tiles are also known as drain tiles or perimeter tiles. They are porous pipes used to collect underground water. Small slits in these plastic pipes help them collect moisture that would do damage to a home or building.
They are generally plastic pipes that are covered over with aggregate rocks to prevent too much soil from falling through the slits and clogging the weeping tile. These rocks allow the water in the surrounding soil to flow into the pipes. The water is then drained into a solid pipe where it flows towards a discharge drain or into a sump pump.
Weeping tiles are installed so that the top of the weeping tile is lower than the concrete floor where water is being trapped and entering the home. A trench is dug about 5 feet deep -or deeper depending on the depth of your foundation- and about 2 to 3 feet wide. Once the water is collected by the sump pump it can be pumped away from the home by a flexible line directly into a storm drain.
The name “weeping tile” can be a confusing term for homeowners because it is not in fact a tile. It is simply a pipe used as a drainage system. This type of drainage system is best left to a professional. We have done hundreds of these and know exactly what to do to help keep any moisture from settling next to your Toronto home. It is best to do this job right the first time to save you time and money.
Weeping tiles are also installed as a fix for soggy lawns. Instead of bringing in fill dirt and completely redoing your lawn you can consider having weeping tiles installed so that water drains more easily. These can be placed in your yard with very little damage done to your lawn. We take great care in preserving your landscaping so that trenches can be easily covered over and within a couple weeks you won’t even know that we were there.
How do you know if you need a weeping tile installed? Is there standing water around your home after even the lightest of rain falls? Is there standing water in your basement or water coming through cracks in the walls? Have you noticed a shift in your home’s foundation that has resulted in doors not closing properly or cracks in the walls? All of these are signs that there is unwanted water settling beside or underneath your foundation and causing structural problems.
The sooner you get this taken care of the less damage ability to your property. If you let this problem linger your Toronto home could end up needing foundation repairs and could become very unsafe for you and your family. If you see any of the above signs or are seeing or smelling mold and mildew you need to give us a call. We can help answer any of your questions and give you a free quote. Also, if you need of one of our professionals to come take a look firsthand we will send one your way.
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