A lot of material, handwork and problem-solving is needed for excess water to flow properly around your home. Improper drainage systems can lead to basement waterproofing, pipe replacement and renovation, sewage inspections, getting rid of moisture, mold and other costly things.
In this article, we will be giving you a way to avoid stress and help pinpoint the problems before they start complicating things even more. It happens more often than you think, but weeping tiles get blocked and stop doing their jobs. This is one of the number one causes for basement renovations.
What is a Weeping Tile?
A weeping tile isn’t a tile at all, but a pipe. It is very small and has the task to carry water into the sump pump pit. Usually, it can be found around your footings and outer edges. If a weeping tile is broken, the drainage will start to slow down and lose its functionality. It can be damaged by tree roots, dirt, and debris.
Signs your Weeping Tiles is Blocked
First of all, go with the usual signs for almost any drainage system malfunction. Mold, moisture, cracks, and leaks on foundation walls or floors and water pools around your windows. These may be indications to other problems as well, but they will definitely occur if your weeping tile is blocked.
If you find some of the first ones, go with the secondary signs. Empty sump pump. Open it up and check if there’s water in it. If not, your weeping tile is probably blocked. Inspect the area for stained or peeling dry walls and paint. While doing so, pay attention if there are weird odors trapped in your basement. This can be an indicator too.
One of those scary alarming signs is lifted flooring and moisture behind walls or underneath floors. Before you start finding them, try to do regular check-ups for the condition of your weeping tile.
How to Check Your Weeping Tiles
There are many easy and efficient methods to check if your weeping tile is functioning properly. If you are lucky enough, you won’t find any of the signs listed above. If that’s your case then try to regularly check for soggy soil in your yard or window well. This can be one of the first signs.
If you do find some of the signs or you just want to take extra precaution while doing check-ups, then run a hose near your exterior foundation and then run to your basement to observe the sump pump pit. If you have broken tiles, it will most probably be empty. You can also run a hose inside your window well; but remember to not run it on the actual exterior foundation.
If some of these things occur, then call a plumbing expert like Draintony. In most cases to fix your weeping tile you must replace it and to do so you must dig up the whole area.