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Weeping Tile Installation Services in Toronto

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Weeping Tile Installation in Toronto

Water is an ever-present challenge for basements, particularly in a city like Toronto, with its fluctuating weather patterns, old homes, and heavy rainfall. With proper water management, buildings can avoid many problems, including basement flooding, foundation cracks, and mold growth, so efficient water management is crucial when protecting your home or commercial property in Toronto. One often overlooked but essential aspect of this is the installation and maintenance of weeping tiles.

But what are weeping tiles? People often need clarification that the word tile in the name has something to do with flooring. Still, weeping tiles, also referred to as foundation drains or perimeter drains, are pipes with small weep holes that play a crucial role in managing groundwater and surface water around foundations and structures. They aim to prevent moisture buildup and protect the foundation and structure from damage. These drainage systems are designed to capture and divert excess water from the foundation, ensuring it doesn’t seep into the surrounding soil and cause structural issues. They act as a barrier against water infiltration, keeping the foundation dry and stable.

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Weeping Tiles Installation Services in Toronto

While the concept of weeping tiles may seem straightforward, their installation requires professional expertise. Hiring experienced contractors in Toronto is essential to ensure optimal performance and long-term durability of a weeping tile repair. If you have lived in Toronto for a long and had to repair your home, you might have heard the name GJ MacRae Foundation Repair. If you are new or don’t know about us, don’t worry; let us introduce ourselves! GJ MacRace Foundation Repair has the best waterproofing solutions in Toronto, specializing in drainage and basement waterproofing services since 1975. During this time, we have provided services to more than 10,000 clients who are satisfied with our work. As a family-owned company, we don’t compromise on the quality of services, which is one reason why people needing basement waterproofing services in Toronto contact us. And if you are looking for weeping tile installation services, call us today!

Benefits of Installing Weeping Tiles


Enjoy a Dry Basement

Weeping tiles efficiently collect and divert groundwater away from the foundation, preventing moisture buildup around the property, thus helping eliminate the risk of basement flooding and water seepage into your basement.


No More Mould and Mildew

Weeping tile installations act as a protective barrier for the foundation by managing water flow and preventing excessive moisture penetration from hydrostatic pressure. Weeping tiles ensure proper water drainage, reducing the conditions necessary for mould formation and protecting indoor air quality.

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More Usable Space

By effectively managing water, weeping tiles create a dry and comfortable basement environment. This enables homeowners to utilize their basements for various purposes, such as additional living space, storage, or recreational areas, without concerns about dampness or water-related issues.


Stronger Foundation Structural Integrity

The installation of weeping tiles helps prolong the property's lifespan by preventing water damage through the foundation wall and minimizing the risk of structural issues.

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Reduce Costly Repairs and Maintenance

Properly draining weeping tiles can significantly reduce the need for costly repairs and maintenance associated with water-related damage to your foundation. This translates into avoided future costs for property owners over the long run.


Higher Property Value

Restored or repaired weeping tile installations enhance the overall value of the property. Prospective buyers and tenants are attracted to properties with a well-maintained and reliable water management system, as it offers peace of mind and protection against potential water-related issues.

6-Step Process of Installing Weeping Tiles

Interested in Weeping tiles installation or repair? The experts in weeping tile installations in Toronto have listed out the steps to show you how it’s done. Here is an overview of the typical process:



The first step is to excavate the footings around the area of the foundation. This involves carefully removing soil to expose the foundation walls’ exterior, while the excavation’s depth and width will depend on the specific foundation.


Placement of the Drain Pipe

Once the excavation is complete, a perforated drain pipe is placed at the base of the footings and foundation walls. This pipe collects water that accumulates around the foundation and carries it away. The drain pipe is typically corrugated and perforated plastic with a geofabric wrapping to remove debris.


Filter Fabric Installation

A filter fabric is placed around the drain pipe to prevent it from becoming clogged with debris. This fabric allows water to pass through, preventing soil particles and other materials from entering the pipe. The filter fabric helps maintain the efficiency of the weeping tiles system over time.



After the drain pipe and filter fabric are in place, the weeping tile is covered with 6-8” of clean ¾” gravel. This material provides a stable base and allows for proper drainage. Backfilling is done carefully to ensure the soil grade slopes away from the foundation wall.



The soil can be regraded once the backfilling is complete to ensure proper water runoff away from the foundation. This step involves angling the soil surface to create a gentle slope that directs water away from the foundation walls.


Specialized Techniques and Equipment

Professional installers may employ specialized techniques and equipment to ensure the proper installation and long-lasting performance of weeping tiles. This may include using excavation machinery to expedite the process and provide precision, or they may hand excavate. Professionals also have the expertise to address any specific challenges or requirements unique to the property, ensuring that the installation is tailored to its needs.

Interior Weeping Tile Installation

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Suppose you want to create a beautiful and comfortable interior space; an interior weeping tile installation can offer an innovative solution to combat water infiltration and protect your property and foundation from potential water damage. This solution effectively redirects water away from your foundation wall and prevents it from entering your living space.

Interior weeping tile installation begins with thoroughly assessing your interior space and identifying areas prone to water infiltration. Our installation experts then strategically place weeping tiles along the perimeter of your interior walls, effectively capturing and channeling water toward a sump pump system or a designated drainage point. This redirects any potential water damage away from your living areas, preserving the integrity of your foundation walls.

Exterior Weeping Tile Installation

When safeguarding your property in Toronto against water infiltration and potential damage, brand-new exterior weeping tiles installation is necessary. This specialized drainage system is crucial in managing water around the foundation, preventing basement flooding, foundation cracks, and other water-related issues. Exterior weeping tiles provide a proactive solution by collecting water before it reaches the foundation. These drainage systems are a robust defense against potential water-related damage by efficiently diverting water from the property.

The installation process is similar to installing interior weeping tiles, which begins with excavating the area around the foundation to expose the exterior walls. Perforated drain pipes are strategically placed at the base of the foundation (at the footing) and effectively capture and redirect water away from the property. A filter fabric is wrapped around the drain pipes to prevent clogging and enhance water filtration. The excavated area is then carefully backfilled, creating a well-drained foundation perimeter.

Whether you are looking for interior or exterior weeping tiles installation in Toronto, it is crucial to enlist the services of professional contractors experienced in the field, and GJ MacRae Foundation Repair utilizes advanced techniques and equipment to ensure precise installation and long-lasting weeping tile replacement effectiveness.


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Some Kind Words From Our Customers

Anthony Brown
Anthony Brown
We had a leak from two sources in our furnace room, that occurred after a moderate to heavy rainfall. We hired GJ Macrae to excavate by the outside wall, repair the cracks and protect the wall with a membrane and mesh. Part of the trench had to be dug by hand, due to a gas line, and part could be done by machine. The GJ Macrae team were all very skilled and professional, and completed the job in three days. Now the trench has been refilled with the earth and gravel and it will take some time for the ground to settle. We have had a few heavy rains since the job was completed, and our basement is now completely dry! We highly recommend GJ Macrae!
Robert Sraka
Robert Sraka
From our initial discussion with Dean through to the completion of the project I was most impressed with knowledge and professionalism. We had foundation damage from a tree root and they took the time to explain what was required and the steps involved in rectifying the situation. I highly recommend GJ MacRae for any foundation work you may need.
Wendy M
Wendy M
The extremely labour-intensive work done on our heritage home basement by the staff at GJ MacRae was nothing but impressive! They handled it all with great care, attention and finesse every step of the way. Thank you!
Lisa Nicholson
Lisa Nicholson
Our experience with Gavin went very well. We are very pleased with the quality of work that was done. They did an excellent job repairing the leaks and the cleanup was great too. Gavin was a pleasure to deal with. He was very professional and pleasant. We highly recommend this company.
Stephanie Williams
Stephanie Williams
Honest, courteous, thorough, professional, reliable, on-time, clean and trustworthy. Solved our home’s basement water concerns caused from living on the flood plain (water table). Would definitely recommend GJMacRae Ltd as the company to fix your wet basement. Dean and his crew’s attention to detail solved the various challenges of our 91 year old home.
Maria Aleman
Maria Aleman
Dean, came out right away after we noticed water in our basement and provided an estimate. Communication with him was easy and he answered all my questions. Work was done within the week. I had a great experience and will recommend to others.
Jakob Backstrom
Jakob Backstrom
Gavin and his team did a great job. Right from quoting the job I had confidence they can do the job well and had the experience. Great videos on their website really help you understand what’s involved in foundation repair.
Job was done in 2 days which I was amazed it could be done that quickly! That’s a lot of pails of concrete and rock that had to be shuttled in and out of the house! The guys were all very friendly and let me know everything that was being done and answered all my questions! The bowed wall looks solidly supported now with carbon fibre strapping and the water found beneath the floor is now being safely routed through newly installed Plastic Weeper to our sump. We now have peace of mind that we can finish the basement with no leaks or crumbling walls! Thankyou Gavin, Maggi, Ricardo and Jay!
Debra Gold
Debra Gold
We would like to express our gratitude to G.J. McRae for the exceptional job they did in restoring our peace of mind. Every time it rained or snowed, our basement would leak, causing us great distress. However, the crew from G.J. McRae arrived promptly, worked diligently, and efficiently resolved the issue. They even left our backyard in excellent condition, cleaning up after themselves. We cannot thank you enough for the outstanding service and for making us feel confident that the problem is now completely resolved. We are so happy to be able to not worry about this any longer.
Tricia LaDouceur
Tricia LaDouceur
Workers were on time and professional. Quality and value for money. My only issue was the concrete poured was a little uneven causing a small lip near the drain. We managed to smooth it out. Would highly recommend GJ MacRae Foundation Repair.
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Weeping Tile Replacement Experts

A new weeping tiles system is one of the best foundation protection methods available! Basements are no longer crawl spaces and can serve a greater purpose. Get creative with your basement and transform that space into your gym, study room, game room, or anything you like. But first, you must have a dry basement.

Need a dry basement? GJ MacRae, the finest weeping tile installation and repair company in Toronto, is here to help. Give us a call or fill out the form below, and our team will inspect your basement situation and provide the ideal basement waterproofing solution. Feel free to contact us at (905) 824-2557 or complete the form below.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Installing weeping tile in winter is possible, but an experienced team must undertake it! Some of the difficulties include:

  • Due to frozen ground, digging a trench for the weeping tile requires special considerations.
  • Excavated soil sitting outside in winter conditions may freeze, so the team undertaking your weeping tile repair in the winter must backfill the repairs by the end of the day to ensure the soil remains thawed.


The life expectancy of a weeping tile system depends on several factors, such as the quality of installation, the type of material, the soil conditions, and the maintenance. If installed and maintained correctly, weeping tile systems can last upwards of a century!

Exterior weeping tile systems are generally installed between 7 and 8ft deep, while interior weeping tiles are installed approximately 12-16″ below the basement floor. However, the depth also depends on the concrete floor’s thickness and the sump pump’s depth.

Expert Waterproofing Services for Your Home

GJ MacRae Foundation Repair has been the industry leader for reliable basement waterproofing in the Greater Toronto Area Since 1975. Nearly five decades of experience inform our proven multi-stage repair process based on below-grade drainage considerations that allow us to waterproof concrete blocks, poured walls, and stone rubble foundation walls properly for the long term. Our repair solutions for leaking foundation cracks include using bitumen-based barrier membranes and high-efficiency weeping tile systems, which give us the edge in reliability and allow for the most robust foundation repair warranty available today in the GTA. Experience the GJ MacRae difference for year-round basement leak repairs in Toronto, Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington, Hamilton, Milton, and Georgetown. If you spot cracked foundation walls, leaky foundations, or any other basement waterproofing issues in your house, reach out and call us today at (905) 824-2557.

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