Weeping Tile Drain Systems

Inside & outside

Leaky basement?

When water builds up along your foundation and can’t escape, hydrostatic pressure forces it into your home through cracks in your walls and joints in your footings.

Weeping tile drainage around your foundation is designed to prevent this build up. Older systems which have been contaminated or ones which were installed incorrectly don’t allow this water to disperse and it sits in the soil surrounding your basement.
InsideOut can install a weeping tile system that will ensure your basement stays dry for years to come. Our outside systems are the preferred method as they deal with water issues before they have a chance to enter your basement.
When obstacles like paved driveways, elaborate decks or restricted access exist, an inside system may be your best choice. This is similar to an outside drain in construction but the water is handled after it has entered the home.

What is a weeping tile system?

A weeping tile system is drainage installed around the perimeter of the foundation of your home or building. The weeping tile prevents water from entering your home by redirecting water through drainage pipe and stone to another location on your property. Water can build up and cause hydrostatic pressure which pushes the water into your basement.

A weeping tile system is constructed using drainage stone, drainage pipe and geotextile fabric. If you experience water issues in your basement, it may be caused by a clogged weeping tile system. This happens when silt collects in the gravel and pipe, not allowing the water to drain which makes its way into your home. In these instances, the weeping tile system will need to be replaced. By trusting your weeping tile system to InsideOut, we ensure it’s installed properly to prevent clogging for years to come.

What’s the difference between an interior and exterior weeping tile system?

An interior weeping tile system is constructed of drainage stone, drainage pipe, geotextile fabric and typically a sump pump. It is installed under your basement floor, around the perimeter of your foundation. This involves breaking up some of the existing concrete floor and installing dimple board on the foundation wall. The dimple board directs water from the foundation wall into the weeping tile system. This system collects the water as it enters your home and directs it to the sump pump well to be pumped out of your house before it can do damage. An interior weeping tile system is usually installed when an exterior system is not feasible.

An exterior weeping tile system is constructed using drainage pipe, drainage stone and geotextile fabric. Installing an exterior weeping tile system is always recommended over an interior system when feasible. The weeping tile system is installed around the outside perimeter of your foundation to prevent water from entering your basement. When replacing clogged weeping tile systems excavation around your home is required. Some things to take into consideration are:

  • Is there a paved or concrete driveway next to the house that will need to be disturbed?
  • Is there a large deck that will have to be removed?
  • Is there an oil or propane tank which needs to temporarily relocated?

The experts at InsideOut can speak with you regarding the considerations of your property and formulate a solution to suit your needs.

Weeping tile system cost

The cost of a weeping tile system depends on a few factors:

  • Interior or exterior system 
  • Size of building 
  • Access to building or interior basement 
  • Whether excavation is required 
  • Whether breaking the basement concrete floor is required 
  • Amount of material to discard – dirt, contaminated gravel, concrete, etc 
  • Special considerations based on your property (driveway, deck, oil and propane tanks)

A weeping tile system is an investment into your home and can prevent costly damages to your finished basement. At InsideOut we offer free, no obligation quotes and would be happy to offer our expertise to your problem. We are committed to quality, installing your weeping tile system correctly, to prevent clogging for years to come.

How to install a weeping tile system

A weeping tile system can be installed in the interior or on the exterior of your home. An interior system requires breaking up some of the concrete basement floor and involves installing dimple board which directs water to the weeping tile system along the foundation walls. Installation of dimple board requires removing existing finished walls on your basement’s perimeter. This system also requires a sump pump.

An exterior system requires excavation around the outside of your home’s foundation and may involve temporary relocation of oil or propane tanks, removal and replacement of decks or digging and reinstatement of a concrete or paved driveway. They are both installed using drainage stone, drainage pipe and geotextile fabric. The installation of a weeping tile system is a daunting task which involves a lot of labour, time, specialized equipment as well as industry expertise. The professionals at InsideOut have the knowledge the experience and specialized skills to ensure your weeping tile system is installed right and built to last.

How to clean a weeping tile system

Unfortunately, once a weeping tile system becomes plugged it cannot be cleaned and needs to be replaced. When silt collects in the drainage pipe and in the drainage stone water is no longer able to pass through and instead ends up in your home. When a weeping tile system is installed properly, which consists of the appropriate amount of stone, properly sized pipe, and quality geotextile fabric it can last 30 plus years. A misconception regarding weeping tile system cleaning is to clean out the pipe. This is ineffective as the drainage stone is also clogged and preventing the water from flowing through the system.

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