Weeping Tile Cleaning, Service and Repair
If you are thinking about having the weeping tile cleaned or replaced you will want to look around for an experienced drain service company. If your basement has started getting wet then it’s time to look at solutions before it causes serious damage to your home. Mold is just one of the things you have to content with when moisture becomes a problem.
If you think the weeping tile needs an upgrade then call us to have a look and assess the situation. There are too many circumstances to make a judgment call without looking closely at everything involved. Water could be running towards the house causing an overload, or the perimeter drain tile may have failed altogether. A close examination will reveal what is going on. If you’re certain work is required call today for pricing.
Why Weeping Tile Is Important
If you are a looking to buy a house then make sure you are aware of the state of the weeping tile. If you have been living in it for a few years and do not know about your drain tiles then it’s time to find out if they are working efficiently. A dry basement is something a lot of us take for granted until it begins leaking.
If you realize that the perimeter drains are falling apart or plugged up then you should think about bringing in a specialist to evaluate the problem.
Different Types of Perimeter Drain
When your foundation was first poured, the builders would have created a level surface with dirt before pouring the cement floor. Some companies will add a layer of gravel on top of the dirt to improve drainage. A properly installed weeping tile system (or perimeter drains) will be set up over that dirt to keep the pipes from plugging up.
Correct Installation Techniques
Lazy contractors will sometimes set up drain tile in mud or dirt which will eventually plug up with dirt and roots. In a few years you end up with blocked perimeter drains. Any good drainage technician will know this and ensure the system is set up above the mud zone. Perimeter drains that were installed outside the home need to be flushed every couple years or so. If they are deteriorating there are alternatives, some good some not so good.
Indoor Drain Tile VS Exterior Perimeter Drains
If you are considering replacing the old drain tile this can be an expensive proposition, but there are options. In some situations you may decide to put in french drains on the outer edge of the house. New french drains are surrounded with crushed rock, dirt on top and then new sod or grass. This is generally quite costly since there is excavating involved and there is the hazard of the same situation happening again. In many cases it is more practical to put in a drain system inside, at the foot of the walls. Most basement walls ooze over time so a suitably installed interior drainage system is generally a better way to go.
Sump Pump Or No Sump Pump
If it looks like a sump pump is required then discuss that with the contractor. In some circumstances a sump pump back-up system is called for, so do your homework and set things up to last. You won’t regret installing quality equipment that matches the water flow in your area.
Sump pumps are less likely to plug up than gravity drains since the water flows faster therefore pushing debris through rather than allowing it to settle. They are also able to pump water away from the house in torrential rains where gravity drains are restricted in some circumstances.
By: Bernie Waslucia
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