Many of our restoration projects on older homes require the replacement of the drain tile and rain litre systems due to the age of the home. However, a number of clients come to us or are referred to us because they have water seeping into their basements that is causing damage to the drywall, flooring and wall assemblies in their finished basement or vancouver half basement. In most cases the existing drain tile, which consists of 12” lengths of Replacment of Drain Tile System in New Westminster BCclay pipe is either mostly clogged or completely filled with mud. The corners in these systems tend to fail first, while the straight section may still be mostly or partially clear. Often a section or sections of pipe over time will break and collapse under the weight of the ground above and clog the system. Certain types of trees can also clog up drain tile systems with their roots. Another, common problem has to do with the original installation; the original installer used soil or some other compactable materials underneath some of the pipes to add the required slope. Over time the soil or compactable material, compacted under the weight of the ground above the pipes and a section or sections of your drain tile now have no slope or even worse are sloping in the opposite direction, a negative slope. These dips or areas of reverse slope fill with mud and debris and clog the system. I have also seen a few occasions where a system has been clogged by a young child dropping large stones, a baseball, or other objects into an open drain tile clean out, while dad was trying to replace the down pipes from the roof gutters. If you have a clogged or failing drain tile system there are really three options open to you. I have listed in order from cheapest and least effective, to more expensive and most effective.
Some of these items have added a bit more cost to the replacement of a drain tile Photo showing new rain leader system, prior to back filling with gravel and filter clothe. system around an older home, but the largest cost still remains in digging up the entire perimeter of the home. When we do a drain tile system in Vancouver or any area that has basements it becomes even more important that all pipes have the correct slopes to drain the water away from the foundation.
If you would like a free estimate and basic inspection for the replacement or repair of the drain tile system around your home, please call 604-277-5572. We will be happy to meet with you and discuss these options with you in more detail.
We look forward to meeting with you and discussing your renovation or new construction project. Please feel free to give us as little or as much information as you choose.