If you experience frequent basement floods or are forced to deal with a damp basement, you need to install a system that would draw excess water away from the room and keep it relatively dry. You can fix the problem with a weeping tile installation. This is a big waterproofing project and most property owners are intimidated by the expenses involved. However, once you install the system, you won’t have to worry about excessive moisture and frequent floods. Here’s a brief description of the process that would help you make the decision:
Exterior and Interior Weeping Tile Installation
This system can be installed inside the house or outside the foundation walls and this depends on your budget and preferences. A good plumber will recommend the best solution for your property and explain why you should choose one over the other. The weeping tile installation process and costs are similar in both cases.
The Installation Process
• Digging the Trench – The plumbers will dig a 12-inch wide trench around the foundation wall or in the concrete basement floor. This trench should have a slope of about one inch every eight feet to facilitate drainage.
• Pouring the Gravel – Once the trench is in place, the plumbers will line it with about two to three inches of washed gravel. The gravel will filter the water and ensure and remove any organic material from it. This will prevent any clogs and blockages.
• Laying the Pipe – After the gravel is spread evenly in the trench, the plumbers will install hard PVC pipes with pre-drilled holes. They will wrap this pipe with landscaping fabric to ensure no root and debris gets inside and cause obstructions.
• Fill the Trench – Once the pipe is in place, the plumber will fill the trench once again and refinish the ground or floor. This should be done carefully because excessive pressure can manage the pipe and ruin the entire system.
You can also install weeping tiles in your backyard for lawn drainage. This system will ensure your lawns and gardens are never soggy and all the storm water is directed towards the drains safely. If you maintain this system well, you’ll experience fewer basement floods and the room would be relatively dry throughout the year.
How to Determine if the System Has a Clog?
- Check if your basement and crawlspace walls have any vertical, horizontal, or diagonal cracks.
- Walk around the perimeter of the foundation wall and check for damp, soggy areas or pools of water. You should also check the interior walls for water damage and small flooding.
- Keep an eye out for signs of mold or mildew. If your basement smells musty and feels damp, it’s likely that you have mold somewhere.