Drain Tile Systems: Standing Between Your Home and Water Damage
Metro Vancouver gets a lot of rain each year – about 1.3 metres on average. But it only takes as little as 3 to 10 centimeters of water before you’re saddled with a repair bill in the five figures.
And even without flooding, unwanted water entering your home can still be very bad news. Mold growth, ruined furniture, structural damage – they all have the potential to take a bite out of both your wealth and your health.
A drain tile system is what prevents that from happening.
Weeping Tile vs French Drain vs Perimeter Drainage: What’s the Difference?
While there are some differences – French drain, for example, drains directly into the yard – these terms all refer to the same thing: a system of pipes around the foundation of your home that keeps excess water out of your basement and crawlspace.
How Does a Drain Tile System Function?
Buried in soil and gravel around the perimeter of your home’s foundation, a drain tile system is made up of porous plastic or PVC piping.
This piping slopes away from your home, so when groundwater levels rise or there’s heavy precipitation, the excess water is collected by the drain tile system and directed away from the foundation and into a sump pit or your backyard.
Does My Drain Tile System Need Work?
4 signs to watch out for
Seepage around basement baseboards
Puddles or wet spots in basement or crawlspace
Moisture or water stains on basement or crawlspace walls
Pooling water around your home’s foundation
Our Drain Tile Services in Vancouver
Drain Tile Installation
Just installation? Nuh-uh. We’ll give your foundation a full inspection and ensure that your new drain tile system is fully equipped to make the most of modern features like backwater valves, clean-out ports, and secondary overflow pipes.
Drain Tile Repair
Whether it’s from tree roots or a digging accident, your drain tile system may need to be repaired. The experienced eyes of our technicians can assess the damage and effectively replace the damaged section(s) so that your drain tile system is fully restored.
Drain Tile Cleaning
As time passes, your drain tile system can be blocked by dirt or debris. Equipped with the latest in industrial endoscope technology, our technicians can quickly identify these blockages and clear them before your home suffers serious water damage.
Got Questions About Drain Tile Systems?
Check out our answers to some of the most common questions about drain tile systems.
There are two main factors: the size of your home and the accessibility of your drain tile system. Bigger homes require more pipe, so installation and replacement costs are higher. Likewise, drain tile systems buried below concrete require more work to be repaired/replaced.
Drain tiles were originally clay pipes used to protect farmland from flooding. The sections of land where the pipes were installed were considered “tiled” because of the clay, and eventually the system simply became known as “drain tile”.
Maybe (but probably yes). Having a modern drain tile system means that – in your insurance company’s eyes – you’ve taken steps to lower your risk of claiming flood damage. In turn, there’s a good chance that you’ll be rewarded with a lower premium.
Protect Your Home From Costly Water Damage
Chat with us today to get a free drain tile service estimate
Water damage? Not on your watch. Fill out the form on the right or give us a call at (604) 879-1415 to get in touch with our drainage specialists. With a thorough, methodical inspection, we’ll assess your drain tile system then put our expertise to work safeguarding your home from flooding or seepage.