What the Heck is Weeping Tile?
There are many different types of drainage systems in Oakville. Often it can be challenging to figure out what is best for your home depending on where you live. On top of it, the large majority of home owners that call John The Plumber Oakville are not plumbers themselves, and as a result plumbing terminology can present further confusion. We like to ensure our customers understand exactly what is happening so we’ve taken the time to write a few blogs to explain about actual plumbing parts – in this instance we explain a piece of plumbing equipment that is known as “weeping tile.” .
Weeping Tile Explained
Ironically, it is not a tile nor is it crying lol! Otherwise known as a French drain, weeping tile is a large 4 inch porous pipe that surrounds your home’s foundation and acts as a form of water proofing for your basement. It collects groundwater from around your home and prevents any water from coming in. Water in the ground or soil around your house foundation is directed to the weeping tile, which then sends the water towards your sump pump where it can be removed from the home and keeps your basement dry.
Installing weeping tile is a large job and requires professional knowledge by a qualified and licensed plumber. Weeping tile installed around the exterior of your home is the standard. It can also be installed on the interior of your home after your home is built but this is not recommended. Interior weeping tile is installed under the basement floor and can be very costly – unless the exterior weeping tile is failing we do not recommend that you do go this route.
Having a good sump pump is key as all water does need to be removed from your home, and basement waterproofing can be very pricey – but given the climate in Oakville, it is a necessity.
TIP: We always recommend having a battery backup sump pump in place, particularly if you are prone to power outages!