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Is it Time to Fix the Window Well Drain System?

Time to fix the Window Well Drain System?

Your Window Well Drain System is what helps to drain and move water away from your windows, window well and your home. A lack of proper drainage, poor installation and a lack of a window well cover can cause drainage problems. But how do you know when it is time to fix a drainage system?

Your Window Well is Filled with Water

A very obvious sign that it could be time to fix your Window Well Drain System is standing water. If you’ve recently had a heavy rainstorm or heavy snow melt and water has accumulated Window Well drain systemin your window well, you need to take a closer look and what could be the issue.

The first thing you should do is drain the water from your well. In some cases, it may be a simple problem like a layer of gravel or dirt that have blocked the drainage system. Make sure your drain cover is exposed and watch for more water in the well.

If you still have an issue with water in your window well you should have it looked at as quickly as possible because it is likely a problem with your drainage system.

You notice water in general

Water in your window well isn’t the only way your Window Well Drain System may be crying out for a repair. Keep a watchful eye for any sign of water in general; this could be water leaking in through the window, water in the basement or water in or on the wall.

Some homeowners may falsely assume that if water is leaking from the edges of your basement window you need to replace the window. But it could be your window well drainage system to blame. Water that is not draining from your window well can leaking into your basement surprisingly fast through the window frame, top of the wall, or through the window.

Sometimes sticks or other debris may have clogged your drainage system, causing water to leak into your home. Check the drainpipe and window well for potential blockages. If there is nothing to be suspicious of, it is likely a problem with your drainage system. If you find a pool of water in your basement, you need to check out your drainage system to see if it is functioning properly.

Don’t increase the damage

Ideally, you should maintain your window well to ensure the best environment for proper window well drainage. However, many things are out of your control (like the weather and how an existing drainage system was installed). If you are having problems with your window well drainage system, it is best to tackle the problem head-on. Avoiding the issue or doing the bare minimum when you need to fix your drainage system will only delay the inevitable; more water damage.

If you are having issues with your Window Well Drain System, avoid future damage by calling the professionals at Windowell Expressions. They will solve your drainage problem as well as help you find necessary products or tools to avoid drainage problems in the future.

 

What Causes Window Well Drainage Problems?

Proper window well drainage is necessary to avoid expensive water damage to your home. Window Well Drainage Problems cause your home to be subject to water leaking into your basement, unnecessary pressure from the water against windows, rot and mold. Once these problems are present, repairs to your home, foundation or windows can be very expensive.

That’s why it is so important to catch these problems early to avoid repair costs from adding up. Window Well ProblemsaBut even better than catching problems early, is to understand what causes window well drainage problems so you can avoid repairs and damage all together. But what causes these window well drainage problems in the first place?

Lack of Proper Drainage System

Below the bottom of the window well, about six to 12 inches, is a drain. Your drainage system should enter the foundation and connect to a sump pump or drain away from the foundation. Then, excess water can easily be moved away from your home. Layers of gravel in the bottom of the window well help water or melting snow make its way to the drain. Without a properly installed drainage system, you will most likely experience window well drainage problems. When heavy rains fall or snow melts quickly, it can fill up a window well. Without a drainage system to move that water away from the window, it will have increased pressure against the glass.

Window Well Drainage Problems Due to Poorly Installed Liner

Your window well liner not only looks good, but it also serves to avoid drainage problems when installed correctly. During installation, if the liner is not attached securely to the foundation of the home, it leaves the gap between the liner and the foundation that is vulnerable. Dirt, debris, and especially water, can seep into the well through the gap. In time, the buildup of dirt, debris and water could cause the liner to collapse. Do avoid this, watch for gaps between the liner and your home’s foundation. If you are installing a new window well or liner, be sure to hire someone you trust for proper installation. Why not call Windowell Expressions? With years of experience in liner installation, you’ll get a gorgeous new backdrop for your window well as well as added protection from window well drainage problems. The professionals with Windowell Expressions can also check the condition of your existing liner for any signs of damage that may be hard for homeowners to catch.

No Cover

There are many benefits to having a window well cover. They keep family members, visitors and pets from falling into your window well, and deter burglars from breaking in. But did you know a cover can also prevent window well drainage problems? The cover won’t necessarily keep all of the water out, especially if it is a well grate cover. But a well grate or clear cover will keep leaves, sticks and other debris from clogging the drainpipe. The cover helps to keeps the elements out of your window well, thus delaying the degradation process or avoidable problems.

By being more aware of how drainage should work in your window well, you can more successfully avoid window well drainage problems. For any other questions about your window well, don’t hesitate to give the professionals at Windowell Expressions a call today.