Unfortunately, window well liners don’t last forever. But if you’re a homeowner how will you know when it’s time to get a window well liner replacement? There are signs to watch for that will indicate whether or not the time has come. As you go about spring cleaning, take a look for these signs to avoid costly and unnecessary damage to your home.
Interior Signs of Window Well Replacement
One of the first signs you should be aware of when it comes to window well liner replacement is water damage. If you have a faulty liner or a faulty drainage system, chances are good that you’ll end up with a pool of water adjacent to your basement window after a heavy rainstorm. Even if the water damage isn’t immediate, the wear and tear of your window well liner with prolonged exposure to moisture can cause the frame to rot. What other problems should you watch for if your window well liner is compromised? The seal around your basement window can fail which will lead to seepage from interior concrete surrounding the window. And of course, if there is a major issue with drainage in your window well, water will build up. You should be able to spot this before it gets out of hand, but if you don’t pressure from the water could eventually cause the glass to break and flood your basement.
If you have a finished basement, you’ll have to be even more diligent about watching for signs of wear and tear. And because your basement is finished, it’s even more important to make sure you are on top of your window well replacement as damage to a finished basement can get very costly very quickly. Keep a wary nose out for mildew smells that could indicate improper drainage or water leaks.
Exterior Signs of Window Well Replacement
Luckily, exterior signs that you need a window well replacement are a little easier to spot. When you look in your window well, look for signs that the liner has separated from your home. If so, you definitely need a replacement. This is actually an early sign of a liner collapse! A collapsed liner could lead to a shattered basement window as well as other issues so take care of this quickly.
You should also inspect your window well liner for any weakness. If your liner wasn’t installed correctly (like being attached directly to the window frame) you’ll also need a replacement as soon as possible.
In some cases, simply cleaning out your window well drain may solve some of these issues with unwanted water in your basement. But if your stand in need of a window well liner replacement, be sure to have it taken care of by professionals so that you are protected for years to come.
Windowell Expressions has been in the business since 1995, so whether you’re in the market for a new custom window well liner or a replacement, don’t hesitate to give us a call!