Weeping tiles primarily are pipes with little holes located around the basement foundation. These pipes collect rainwater and take it away from the foundation walls to prevent water from entering your basement. If you are planning to add these tiles to your newly built house, choose us. For efficient and adequate weeping tiles installation in Ottawa and the Outaouais region, BOL-DAN is the partner you need. As experienced and certified waterproofing contractors, we can protect your house against water flooding, whether your foundation walls are in concrete, brick or stone. Our services, which are complementary to our basement and foundation waterproofing procedures, include:
Excavating the exterior foundation walls to the footing (for already built houses)
Ensuring there is a positive drainage source by correcting slopes
Cutting the plastic tiles to the desired length
Installing the plastic pipes drainage tiles (exterior and interior)
Installing the filter sock on the pipes
Installing weeping tiles window wells
Replacing damaged weeping tile sections (for already built houses)
Connecting the tiles to the storm sewer
Installing a layer of gravel to complete the drainage system
Filling the trench back with gravel, sand, dirt and sod
Problems with Older Weeping Tiles Systems
The weeping tiles systems have evolved in 80 years of usage, from clay tiles—before 1970—to plastic pipes.
It is certain that, with houses built between 1940 and 1950, drainage systems are either absent or non-functional. With residential building anterior to 1970, our experts can sometimes see clay tiles systems that do not drain water anywhere or are also inexistent. With time, dirt and tree roots can enter the pipes and clog or damage them.
If you have an old house, it does not mean that your drainage system does not work and systematically needs to be replaced! But if you don’t have any weeping tiles installed around your house or if you simply don’t know, you can always contact us and benefit from our expertise and advice to make the best choice.
The Importance of Draining Water
Weeping tiles are installed around your house, at the basis of the foundation walls. They allow water that accumulates close to the footing to be drained away into the storm sewer or to the sump pump system. Considering that concrete and mortar are porous, they end up absorbing water. The pool formed by the walls has a tendency to remain there for several years if not correctly drained, which leads to the deterioration of the foundation, hence the loss of the whole building’s structural integrity.
Have Your Weeping Tile Checked Out
Most of the times, problems in the drainage system go unnoticed for years, until a crack appears in the foundation, which makes homeowners aware of potential issues. Yet, there are signs that you can look for:
In the case of water leaks, the weeping tiles are not always faulty. You need to ensure the origin of the leak before deciding to invest a large amount of money into weeping tiles repairs in Ottawa. A regular inspection is the best way to determine whether your drainage system, modern or not, is fully functional.
When to Replace Your Weeping Tiles
Clay weeping tiles that are damaged and clogged must be replaced. Such a system usually works for decades but its lifespan depends on the movement in the ground and the expansion due to frost that tend to make the tiles move, so that tree roots and dirt can easily get in. Even a modern system can get damaged. If ever you suspect that your weeping tiles are not functioning properly, contact BOL-DAN: we can evaluate the situation and offer you a free estimation for the required work.