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Weeping tile, heavy rain and your home

It’s that time of the year again – fall. It means cooler weather, crunchy leaves and kids going back to school.

It can, however, also be a homeowner’s nightmare. Unpredictable weather from September to November can bring heavy rain.  Consequently, many people experience moisture or water seepage issues in their basement during this time. The cause? It’s often the result of old foundation weeping tile – an indicator that your home may be in need of exterior waterproofing.

How does weeping tile work?

When homes are built, weeping tile is usually laid around the perimeter of the foundation, beside the footings. See below:  

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The purpose of the weeping tile is to create a channel for groundwater to travel to proper drainage. Small slits in the hard plastic allow for water to take the path of least resistance and enter the pipes. This prevents water from saturating and pooling around the footings and then resulting in leakage and a wet basement.

The issues with old weeping tile

Over time, the weeping tile can break or become blocked with soil. Sometimes, older weeping tile is made from clay, which with age, can crumble and deteriorate. These scenarios all lead to water flowing over and interfering with your home and causing a wet, leaky basement.

The solution

If you experience any of the above, there is a high possibility that the weeping tile needs to be replaced, as well surrounding the new weeping tile with gravel to create a soil-free zone, and then surrounding both the weeping tile and gravel with fabric – a geo-textile filter cloth – to prevent clogging. This provides two layers of extra protection to ensure that dirt stays out and water reaches the weeping tile. The walls are also sealed with the highest quality rubberized urethane, poly sheeting and dimple board to guarantee a waterproofed foundation.

My basement is leaking – what do I do?

DryShield Water Solutions can help. We’re a 100% Canadian owned company and Ontario’s leading foundation repair specialists. Our team of experts can help diagnose the issue and provide you with a range of basement waterproofing solutions. Request a free estimate online, or call us at 1-800-277-5411. We are here to help.  

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If you find that you have a wet basement you will certainly have a problem if you don’t take immediate steps to find the source of the problem and carry out the necessary repairs. If you ignore the problem because you don’t use the basement, you can have a large renovation problem on your hands. Water can lead to structural damage and the development of mold, both of which are costly to repair. By using the services of professional contractors in the Toronto area who specialize in drying out the basement and making it waterproof you will not only solve the problem in one swoop, but you will also add to the value of your home.

There are various types of products available for foundation waterproofing. Such a service will give you peace of mind in that when you are experiencing a heavy rainstorm you don’t have to worry about any water seeping into your basement from the outside. You do need to do your research when choosing a waterproofing company to do the work for you. First you should look for a company that has many years of experience. This will tell you that the company has been in business for a long time and the installers really know what they are doing.

Another thing to look for in foundation waterproofing and repair in the Toronto region is a company that offers a warranty on the work it performs for you. A company that stands behind its products and its work is the best one to choose. A reputable company usually offers 25 years of warranty, which means you do have a lot of time to enjoy your home, grow your family and live your life without constantly worrying about your basement. This also tells you that you can go ahead and develop the basement and in this way increase the amount of money you could realize from the sale of your home.

The City of Toronto has a waterproofing subsidy program in place to help homeowners who want to waterproof and repair the foundation of their homes. Known as the Basement Flooding Protection Program, you can receive a subsidy to cover up to 80% of the cost you incur in the process. Now that is really good news in that the job is not as expensive as you might think when you first receive the quote from the company.