A Perimeter Drain is designed to attract water in the soil that has either accumulated from heavy rains, or from rising ground water. A Perimeter Drain then carries the water away from your house, so it is less likely to seep in through your basement walls. You often hear it referred to as “Weeping Tile”. Many years ago, actual clay tiles were used to divert water, and the name has stuck even though tiles are no longer used, but rather perforated pipes.
How It Works
A Perimeter Drain, or weeping tile, is plastic or PVC perforated pipe, which is installed underground around the outside of your house. If you have ever had a leaky basement or a flood, there’s a good chance it is because your homes’ perimeter drain has failed.
Reason Why Perimeter Drains Fail!
Overtime drains can get damaged or crushed and tree roots may clog the pipes. Also, quite often the perimeter drainage system was improperly installed. A few reasons could be:
* Inadequate amount of drain rock.
* Improper rock used (example pea gravel).
* Improper elevation compared to inside floor.
Older homes sometimes have clay or concrete weeping tiles, which ted to deteriorate, collapse and become blocked with dirt and roots as they age. You may need to replace the whole perimeter system with modern plastic weeping tile, or in some cases, you can simply replace the damaged sections.
Sometimes pipes can be flushed and/or if its possible to access areas around the basement walls it is possible to replace sections of damaged weeping tile and only drainage pipe repair section is necessary. Nevertheless, sometimes the entire perimeter drainage system must be replaced.
Call the drainage experts to see if you require a drainage repair.
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