Your window well does more than just provide an escape route in case of an emergency. When properly maintained, your window well provides much needed light for your basement as well as protecting your home from heavy rain and snow. But in order to get the light and protection from water, you need to keep your window well clean and clear. It may seem like a daunting task, but it is one that every homeowner can and should do. Here’s how to clean out your window well.
Step One: Remove Visible Debris
The first step to cleaning out your window wells is to get down in your well and get to work! Take a trash bag and some gloves and remove all the leaves, twigs, and other bits of debris that have accumulated. While it may seem tedious, regularly and diligently removing visible debris from your window well will save you from having to do more invasive and deep cleaning techniques later on.
Step Two: Vacuum
When cleaning your window well out by hand isn’t enough, try vacuuming it out instead! Make sure you have a shop vacuum or an industrial power vacuum that you can use to suck up any remaining debris and even bugs from your window well.
Step Three: Ensure Proper Drainage
If you are having drainage issues despite removing and vacuuming debris from your window well, your drainage system in your window well may be clogged. If you have gravel in your well, you may have to remove it and see what other drainage-clogging debris is creating problems. If you don’t have gravel, adding some will help with the drainage. If the answer isn’t obvious, you may need to hire an expert to come and take a look. If there’s anything you don’t want, it’s have a clogged drainage system!
Step Four: Get a Window Well Cover
Once you’ve cleaned out your window well and improper drainage is no longer a threat, you’ll want to make sure you don’t have any issues in the future. You can avoid debris buildup by routinely cleaning out your window well. Another way to help keep debris from getting inside your window well in the first place is to put a window well cover over your well! With both clear and standard grate options, you won’t miss out on the sunlight or escape benefits of a window well, while providing some protection from leaves, twigs, bugs, and animals. Window wells will even keep burglars away from your home!
When it comes to window wells, you won’t find anyone more qualified than Windowell Expressions! Whether you want to add a clear, standard grate, or custom grate cover to your window well, Windowell Expressions can help. Besides that, they also offer window well and foundation liners made from long-lasting polyurethane. They work hard to make sure their customers are satisfied, and to HIDE UGLY. For any of your window well needs, don’t hesitate to contact Windowell Expressions!