Weeping walls are a water feature in which the water trickles down the side of a wall, a piece of glass or a similar surface. They can be built inside or outside, but they are becoming more popular in residential homes. The weeping wall can be designed to include a number of decorative features, such as lighting.
Richard DiGiacomo of Europa Artisans offers seminars on installing weeping walls. “They might seem complicated to do, but they are very simple,” DiGiacomo says. “Weeping walls create a very soothing atmosphere.”
DiGiacomo constructs his walls using 1-inch concrete board, modified cement, “T-ed” PVC pipe, a pump and a waterproof basin. The concrete is often stained or textured. He recommends two-part polyurethanes as sealers.
Holes are drilled into the pipe to allow the water to trickle down the new wall surface. A trough is installed at the bottom of the wall to catch the water.
When installing, DiGiacomo’s crew likes to use niches already cut in a wall. “Some of those areas already have electricity hooked up for the pump or lighting,” he says.
Weeping walls tend to be trouble-free, he says.