How Does a Weeping Tile Work

Weeping Tile

Weeping tile refers to the drain system used to remove surplus earth water from your home’s foundation. Originally, the systems would use round tubes, placed from one end to the other end beneath the concrete of your basement floor. They created a pipe of sorts which was connected to tiles beneath your concrete floor, stopping at the catch basin. Originally the tubes had the appearance of tiles because they were crafted from clay. The tiles were often brittle and would become full of soil after a few years, making them ineffective. As time passed the tubes were manufactured out of concrete. Weeping tile is presently made of plastic. However, the name sticks with them.

Waterproofing

Weeping tiles used to absorb water which is contained inside of the soil thanks to the small gaps which are left between the sections

They also absorb water through porous clay. As time passes, these weeping tiles become partially or completely blocked thanks to soil erosion. When this happened, the tiles which were under the floor would lose the right slope needed to properly attach to the drain. When this took place, weeping tiles work became decidedly less effective because of full to overflowing water contained within the soil. Older homes will generally not have water escaping from those systems anymore.

Now, the plastic versions of weeping tile work because they are equipped with small perforations and holes inside of the pipe, though the majority of the pipe continues from the sump pit to the exterior of the floor drain. As such, historical troubles related with soil movement and blockage no longer plague new weeping tile.

Some older homes have weeping tiles which drain directly into the catch basin of their floors, which are then directly connected near where the sewer pipe leads water out of the home. The trap is placed near the end of the drain in order to prevent gasp from entering into the house through this pipe. Should the main pipeline become blocked because of roots from plants or trees or other natural causes, then sewage from bathrooms can back up the catch basin inside of the floor. With additional waste water entering into the catch basin the water will continually back up further into your weeping tiles. It is important to be cautious here because waste water is dangerous for your health. It can have raw sewage which traveled from your toilets which can then get inside of your weeping tiles. If this continues without notice your weeping tile which is underneath your basement floor will become full until the floor drain spills over into the basement.

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