Weeping Tiles – What Are They?

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Now is the time to begin preparing for spring and getting ready for spring storms. One thing that happens to many homeowners during the spring time is flooding. Whether it is basement flooding or just minor water damage, the repairs and restoration can be pricey. Weeping tiles are a good investment if you don’t already have them, and they can be very useful in directing the water flow away from your property.

So, what exactly are weeping tiles? They first started over 2000 years ago, being used in agriculture. They are a good option if you are looking to prevent flooding on your property. They have been used for farm drainage, irrigation, yard drainage, and footing tiles around foundation of homes. For farms, they are used to keep the fields from becoming too saturated because it limits crop growth. As for irrigation, weeping tiles are used to transport water as part of the irrigation system. Yard drainage is similar to farming, as it keeps the water from beginning to pool in the low-lying areas. Around the foundation of a home, the weeping tiles will drain water from around and beneath your basement and crawl space.

How they work is another but simple concept. The pipes are made out of plastic, and they are placed with the holes up into a trench around the outside area of the home. They can also be placed inside underneath the basement floor. As ground water begins to rise, it flows through the holes into the pipe. It will then follow the pipe’s incline and will carry the water away from the home or to the sump pump where the water will then be pumped away.
A good rule of thumb to follow when asking yourself if you need weeping tiles is: do you live in a low lying area that is prone to flooding? If so, then it would be a good idea to invest in weeping tile installment if you haven’t already. It can be done by an experienced contractor with a specialty in plumbing installations.

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