Weeping Tile Install & Repair
Weeping Tile Installation & Repair
Weeping Tile Install/Repair in Edmonton
Weeping tile is placed next to the outside bottom edge of your footing and connects either to the sump or sewer line. The simplest way to think of weeping tile is a small underground river to collect water, allowing it to move freely around your foundation where it either drains into the sump pit or directly to your sewer line. Its purpose is to keep a more consistent moisture content around your foundation. This system prevents clay drying up one in one location around your foundation and causing soil shifts which can lead to serious foundation settlement damage. Failure can be caused by a wreckless backfill pushing large rocks or big chunks of soil onto the tile and crushing it, sediment build up, or even tree roots.
A professionally designed foundation drain will work with your unique foundation and landscape design and give you a larger scope of protection. In addition, preventing standing water from building up around your landscape, protecting your foundation, your yard, and your foliage. It even prevents mosquito infestations.
Weeping tile can be used on both the interior and exterior of homes and is always installed on the exterior of the first. In some cases, due to high water tables weeping tile is required on both the interior and exterior.
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Weeping Tile 101
In the past number of years, we’ve seen an increasing number of foundation cracks being filled from the interior using only polyurethane. This process can create more problems than it solves because the contractor has no idea if the product is going through the wall or where its going. We have even seen cases where weeping tile is completely filled with urethane, preventing the system from functioning properly and creating other foundation water problems.
Signs you should watch out for:
- Basement floors heaving and cracking
- Signs of efflorescence forming and deteriorating floors
- Moisture coming up from underneath the floor
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