Here at John the plumber Ottawa, we have many of our phone calls come from homeowners who are not plumbing experts. Sometimes terminology can be a little bit lost on them and this particular one is one that we get asked for a lot.
So… what exactly is weeping tile and what does it do?
Weeping tile, for all intents and purpose, is a form of basement waterproofing. Weeping tile, or a French drain, is essentially a large, 4 inch porous pipe that surrounds your homes foundation. Its purpose is to collect groundwater from around your home and prevent any from coming in. Water in the ground or soil around your house foundation is directed to weeping tile which then sends the water towards the sump pump where it can be removed from for home. Keeping your basement dry, which is its main purpose.
Weeping tile, like most plumbing in Ottawa, should be installed by a qualified and licensed plumber. Your home will need to have a good sump pump installed as the water does need to be removed from the home. We always recommend having a battery backup sump pump in place especially if you are prone to power outages.
There are many different types of drainage system in Ottawa and often it can be challenging to figure out what is best for your home depending on which area you live. Weeping tile installed around the exterior of your home is the standard, though installing it after a home is built should be done by a licensed plumber. It is a large job and requires professional knowledge. Weeping tile can be on the interior of your home, and can be installed after your home, but this is not recommended unless the exterior weeping tile is failing. It is installed under the basement floor and can be very costly.
Weeping tile may also be used to assist in poor drainage around window wells and on the rest of your property in a way to divert water and avoid flooding and standing water.
There are a lot of different weeping tile out there and it is important to have the best one installed to keep your basement dry. Basement waterproofing can be very pricey but often times it is a necessity in Ottawa.