One of the most common reasons that people need our water damage restoration services is surface water entering the home through the foundation. There are a lot of ways to keep moisture away from your home. Positive grading, French drains, and other common techniques help to move water away from the foundation and into a drainage path. There are other methods, however, and recently a local homeowner asked the team at LaPointe Construction Board Up Service about one of them: weeping tiles.

The foundation of every home is surrounded by backfill, which is gravel and soil that is brought in at the end of the construction process. It fills in the gaps around the foundation. However, backfill can settle over time and create channels for moisture to collect. The amount of water can vary based on many factors, but usually peaks during the spring as snow and ice melts and rainfall increases.

What Are Weeping Tiles?

Also known as foundation drains, weeping tiles prevent water from stagnating under your house. They have been used since the 1960s. The exact design can differ based on the lot grading, home design, and drainage patterns on your property. Underground pipes collect the water and take it to a sump pit using gravity.

What are Weeping Tiles Made of?

In spite of their name, weeping tiles are not made of tile. The heart of the system is usually a plastic pipe featuring lengthwise slits that allow water to enter.  In some cases concrete or other materials are used to construct the pipe. The pipe is buried along border of the foundation and covered with substrate rocks. This protects the pipe from being clogged with soil and debris.

What Happens to the Moisture?

The weeping tiles are connected to either a sump pump or a storm sewer. The goal is to move the water away from the home to prevent water damage and mold. The foundation drains keep the inside of the home dry and prevent the foundation walls from becoming waterlogged. They are one of the most affordable solutions to drainage problems and water in the basement.

What Kind of Maintenance Do Weeping Tiles Need?

Water that is collected by weeping tiles is clean, so it can be released to any drainage ditch or sewer system. Occasionally, especially after severe storms, debris may need to be cleared away. The system includes clean out ports that you can access easily for inspection and maintenance. Plastic pipes are resistant to clogging and rarely collapse.

Every homeowner wants to prevent water damage to their property. In many cases this is simple, but on some lots it isn’t so easy. Weeping tiles can offer a solution to many property owners who are struggling with water problems. Along with other methods to improve drainage, they can prevent water damage and other issues.

If your home does sustain water damage, we can help. For over 50 years LaPointe Construction Board Up Service has been helping home and business owners in the Massachusetts area with their property damage restoration needs. We provide a range of services:

  • Fire damage restoration
  • Water damage restoration
  • Temporary fencing rental
  • Property shoring
  • Board up service and property securing
  • Many other services

If you need help with your property, we are here for you. Call us 24 hours a day at 978-447-5991 and let us help.