Pools of water can collect behind your foundation walls, in your basement, or against the outside perimeter of your house. When this happens it can cause structural damage, as well as bring harmful and unpleasant damp and mold problems to your life. At Direct Waterproofing we can provide a wide range of waterproofing and water control solutions in Ontario.
Weeping tiles are corrugated piping systems that can be used to divert water away from your home. This provides a quality water control solution. It is not waterproofing, but it ensures that water is quickly channeled and pumped away from your home, and so your space is never left damp.
Interior weeping tile installation is a highly cost effective solution that keeps your basement cosy and dry. Many people choose it because it involves only very light work, and can be achieved on a humble budget. No excavation is required, as is usually the case with exterior weeping tiles.
Interior weeping tiles are also known as internal perimeter drain systems. They manage water that is finding is way into your home via walls, gaps and cracks, or up through floor slabs.
We will remove stud walls, and dig a small trench around the perimeter of the building. Then we can install the piping in the trench. We drill weeping holes in the bottom of the concrete of the walls in order that water can drain out of them and into the system.
The drainage is often connected to an underfloor sump pump and discharge pipe. Everything can be concealed under the floor and behind walls, so your basement remains aesthetically pleasing.
Many people opt for interior weeping tile solutions because they are more cost effective, and require less work.
However, exterior weeping tile installation comes with added benefits, and offers extra protection by helping to prevent water from breaching the exterior of your walls in the first place. Combined with exterior waterproofing, weeping tile installation on the outside of the building gives you the ultimate lifelong solution that will protect your home. The drawback is the price, as exterior solutions require extensive excavations.
We offer both interior and exterior weeping tile installation here at Direct Waterproofing, Ontario.
The exterior weeping tile installation procedure is very similar to the interior, but is designed to dispose of ground water that accumulates around the footing of your foundations.
We excavate down to the base of your foundation walls around the footing. The piping is installed, and covered over again. Sometimes the system is connected to a sump pump in your basement, but often the drainage will run the perimeter of your home, and carry the water to a storm sewer.
Weeping tile repair is always the first option that most homeowners go for, but sometimes it isn’t a feasible choice. In some cases, the pipes may be extremely damaged, which means that the repairs will be too costly. Other times, the chances of the damage recurring are very high. Having a new system installed will be a better option in such cases.
Weeping tile installation isn’t a job that you should do as a DIY. The process involves excavation around the foundation and removing the old tiles before putting in the new one. Since your foundation is at risk, the slightest mishap could result in extensive damages. Our installers will be cautious when digging and will inspect the foundation for any signs of problems. We look for any deformity in the area surrounding the foundation then clean the foundation. We also install waterproof materials to protect it.
After preparation, we use 4-inch firm PVC pipes to channel the water from the base of the foundation. We install the tile pipe around the foundation and connect it to a sump that is a little farther from the house. We then place gravel over the drain tile pipe to increase its effectiveness before placing another drain pipe with similar measurements on top. The first pipe will be perforated, but the second one won’t be. We will connect the second pipe to the downpipes of the gutter system. This pipe will also lead to the sump.
The new drain tile installation using two pipes instead of one is more efficient, especially during the rainy seasons. It ensures the drain-pipe isn’t overwhelmed with too much water when it rains. The rainwater will also be redirected from the foundation quickly to reduce the chances of damage. To prevent backflow from the sump, we will install a new backwater valve to complete the new drain tile system. It will redirect storm-water to a different sewer line away from your property.
We recommend that you upgrade your old drain tile into a more reliable and efficient system before finishing your basement or before your foundation becomes damaged. We are available to answer all questions you may have regarding the upgrade and our services.
Can be a very cost effective solution, especially interior weeping tiles.
Keeps water directed away from your home for life.
Sits under your basement floor, or buried around the outside perimeter, and so does not look out of place.
Relieves hydrostatic pressure, and increases life expectancy of foundations.
Increases the value of your home.
Gives you a nice basement that is free from wet, damp, and mold.
Direct Waterproofing are experts in the field of foundation and basement waterproofing solutions, and have been working with solutions like weeping tiles for over 25 years. During this time, we have learnt to take every client’s needs into consideration, and provide the ultimate treatment that will return your home to its beautiful self again.
Why should I hire professionals to install the drainpipe?
Professionals understand the role of a drainpipe system, unlike uninformed contractors. We know how deep the drain tile pipe should be for it to function optimally. Our experts also understand that proper installation is vital for the system to remain in perfect condition. We will help you save money by preventing avoidable mistakes that could be costly and ensure you get the most from your drain-pipe system.
What is the drain tile made of?
The tile system is made with four major components. These are the drain tile pipe, gravel, gravel protection, and water outlet. All these work together to make the system as functional as it should be.
What size and amount of gravel should I use?
The gravel should be at least 3 feet above the drain pipe. The more gravel you can have, the lesser the chance of water forcing its way into the basement. Since water usually takes the path with the least resistance, more gravel will enhance the resistance and make the system better. You can reduce the amount if your foundation is built on more resistant soil types like clay.
When it comes to size, the gravel should not have a diameter smaller than 1-inch, and should not be bigger than one and a half inches. Sometimes the gravel can be crushed, but it should never be grounded. The smaller the gravel particles, the slower the water movement will be, which defies the whole purpose. If they are too big, the water will move sideways instead of downwards, which could also jeopardize your basement. We know the right size and amount of gravel to use for the best outcome of the system. Our experienced team will not let you down.
Will the gravel need protection?
Yes. We will install a barrier that keeps away mud and other debris from blocking the flow of water. We might use tar paper or straw depending on what’s available and what you prefer.
Can water from the soil damage my foundation?
Yes. The amount of water found in the soil differs with every location and changes with every season. The change is caused by the precipitation that takes place each time. The water is also capable of moving as gravity pulls it in different directions. Instead of moving downwards, it will move sideways and could reach your house if not dealt with properly. As such, the drain-pipe system will not only protect your foundation from the rainwater above but also from the water in the soil.
Are sump pumps necessary?
It’s not mandatory to have sump pumps. A sump pit will be more valuable in such a system. The sump pit is just a container, and it may not have enough room for the installation of a sump pump. Additionally, the sump pumps can easily fail when there is a frequent power outage in your area. Too much water during a storm can also damage them.
Will gravity affect the backfill soil?
Gravity can compact the soil if it is not done properly already. In most cases, when soil is moved around, the smaller particles are separated. Water that enters the soil moves those particles around, and they can clog the drain tile if they are not covered. By moving these particles around, the water, with the help of gravity, makes the soil more compact. The protective barrier over the gravel will ensure the particles move to the right places to compact the backfill.
Where does the drain tile pipe lead?
The drain tile pipe ends at the water outlet, which leads the water to the sump pit, or a different location away from the house. The pipes should not be placed on top of the foundation footing but alongside instead. This arrangement lowers the water table and keeps the basement floor safer.
You can rely on us for superior waterproofing systems and foundation protection. Contact us anytime for more information.