One of the best ways to protect your window well is to choose a clear cover that’s sealed and expertly installed. However, some homeowners love the look of metal grates — and others take a gamble with no covers at all.
Window wells keep soil away from windows and allow light and air into the basement. They should be equipped with drains, necessary for keeping the well clear of water and free of bacterial growth.
Without the protection of a cover, a window well can quickly collect debris, dirt, gravel and other unsightly materials. This detritus also can clog the drains, especially after heavy rainfall.
A properly functioning window well isn’t going to cause problems, but one that hasn’t been regularly cleaned and maintained might.
Oldies, but Goodies
Window wells have been around for decades, but in older homes plastic drains were common. They often directed water to the weeping tile, which is located close to the footings. If soil has been allowed to sit, or if the window well was dug too deeply and filled with drainage stone, the drainpipes can get full of stone, too. This is by far the most common cause of drainage problems in homes with window wells.
Older homes notoriously have more issues than newer homes, and that remains true with window wells. Soil erodes, debris builds up and problems can arise if liners or covers haven’t been maintained.
Your window well might serve as a great focal point for a room, but being aesthetically pleasing is just a bonus. You also want to make sure it’s doing its job: keeping moisture away from the basement and foundation.
If you’re up to the task, you can easily take care of cleaning your wells yourself. Again, you can make this job easier by going with a clear cover, but still regularly check the well for debris or stagnant water.
If you notice standing water or suspect water damage or a drain blockage, it’s time to call in a professional.
Your window well is a simple, yet effective, means of redirecting water. It can preserve your basement, help you avoid water damage and look great all at the same time. Plus, with so many liner and cover options, there’s something to suit every style and budget.
Contact Windowell Expressions to talk with a local expert about your window well maintenance and needs.