Keeping Your Basement Dry

The best way to keep your basement dry and prevent flooding is to use several methods together.  It just makes sense to use multiple layers of defense to keep your home protected. Three of the best methods include using a backwater valve, a sump pump, and weeping tile.

  • Sump Pump:  Installed in your basement, a sump pump will allow water to collect safely in a basin installed below your basement floor, then pump it away from the house. We can install both the pump itself and a backup power supply.
  • Backwater Valve: Installed by our experts, a backwater valve blocks the line from your house to the city sewer line, allowing water to flow out of your home but not to flow back up into your basement in the event of heavy rains and flooding.
  • Weeping Tile: These are pipes installed outside of your home, around the walls of your basement.  Small holes allow groundwater to filter in and be carried the water away from the house, to a sump basin or elsewhere. Many older weeping tiles were made from clay and no longer function properly, so updating them is essential to flood prevention

Is Weeping Tile Installed Inside or Outside the Home?

Most often, weeping tile is installed outside of your home.  Some homes in Toronto are too close together and don’t allow for work in the ground between them. In these cases, we are also able to install weeping tile from inside your house.  This involves cutting through the walls in your basement to get through the concrete and installing it from the inside in much the same process we’d do outside.

How Does Weeping Tile Work?

Weeping tile allows water to filter in through an aggregate material like gravel and collect in a pipe that can then drain away from the foundation of your home.  The collected water can be directed to a sump basin for your sump pump to pump out, or to the storm sewer.

Effective Weeping Tile Installation

Our experts will dig a small trench around the outside of your home to excavate the old, clay weeping tile. We’ll clean the foundation and remove the old pipe.   From there, we pour new concrete to shore up the foundation of your home, seal any old cracks, and prevent new ones from forming.

Next, we’ll fill the trench with a layer of gravel before laying the pipe and then covering it with another layer of gravel. This ensures the pipe is free from the soil while holding it in place and allowing water to easily filter in to be drained away from your foundation. The weeping tile can be connected to your sump basin if you have one.  If you need one, our inspection will assess your situation and let you know.

The soil is filled in over the gravel and there is minimal damage to the look of the property.

Once the pipe is installed, we repair the concrete and clean the area leaving your home looking the same as when we started.

Why Dr. Pipe?

We treat your home the way we expect workers to treat our homes.  That means coordinating with you from the moment you call for a quote all the way through the final work we perform.  Our team will cover and clean everything in their work area so you don’t have the added stress of a mess to tidy up and we’ll finish as quickly and efficiently as possible.

We can also help with insurance and obtaining any permits or the potentially valuable, cost-reducing City of Toronto rebates you may qualify for when you hire a licensed and insured company like Dr. Pipe.