Monthly Archives: June 2019

How To Replace a Window Well

Having windows in a basement is a great addition to any home since it can increase the light and airflow in an otherwise dark and stale area.

Furthermore, windows in a basement can keep you safe by affording you another exit or entrance in the event of a disaster or danger.

That’s one reason it is absolutely critical to keep your window wells free and clear of debris so that an exit is possible. But what if there’s something functionally wrong with your window well? 

It can happen. Even sturdy window wells can be damaged by landscaping, construction, shifting earth, or just long spells of wear and tear. From time to time a window well will need to be replaced, especially if you live in an older home.

Today Windowell Expressions will walk you through the necessary steps to replacing your window well. 

1. Dig Space

ig up the area surrounding the window well. It can be helpful to cut your turf or sod and place it carefully all together, then to place dirt and gravel in separate buckets or wheelbarrows. You want to create plenty of space to maneuver the old window well out and to place the new window well into the slot. Always dig away more than you expect, and don’t forget that the existing window well needs to go 8-10 inches deeper than the bottom of your window frame.

2. Remove Existing Window Well

Carefully inspect your window well to determine how it has been secured to the home. Screws or bolts can be loosened or pried off with a crowbar. Go slow and steady to loosen the window well, then recycle properly. Remove adhesive and repair any damage to your exterior wall at this point so that you can securely attach the new window well.

3. Gravel

You will need about 4 inches deep of gravel to perform adequate drainage for your window well. You will probably need to remove existing gravel that has accumulated debris and blockage in order to properly drain the area and prevent water pooling and flooding.

4. Insert New Window Well

Your new window well should go 8 inches below the bottom of your window and rise 4-6 inches above ground level. These measurements will prevent damage and water problems. When you’re sure the new window well will fit, carefully secure it using hardware or adhesive.

5. Seal

Adding caulk or other sealants will prevent water damage or loosening of your window well over time. Follow the manufacturer recommendations and ask our window well experts at Windowell Expressions if you aren’t sure what to use.

6. Backfill and Finish

Pour retained dirt back around the outside of the window well until the soil is securely packed in and the sod or grass is replaced. The window well should be secure and unmoving.

 

If you have questions about the state of your window well, ways to make your window well safer or more attractive, or if you need to replace an old window well for better function or curb appeal, Windowell Expressions would love to help. 

   

How To Keep Your Window Wells Clean

On a scale of 1-10, how clean are your window wells right now? Do you know off the top of your head, or would you have to go check? If it’s been a minute since you’ve paid attention to your window wells, you’re not alone. Most homeowners neglect their window wells until they’re forced to pay attention to them, and then there’s a lot of extra hassle. Instead, Windowell Expressions is here to help you establish a regular, easy routine for keeping your window wells clean.

Why should you keep your window wells clean? Well, you don’t exactly know when you’ll need to use them. In the event of a fire, intrusion, or other disasters, you may need to rapidly exit your home. You don’t want to wait until there’s an emergency to realize there is a mountain of trash and debris in your window well, or that a litter of kittens has set up shop in your rear window well. A messy, clogged window well can also create damage, leaks, and pest problems that could threaten the safety and security of your home.

So take our word for it and begin adopting these tips and tricks to keep your window wells clean.

1. Remove Debris.

Using a rake or grabber, regularly remove debris from your window well. Tumbleweeds and bush trimmings are common, as well as loose trash and kids’ toys. Once the largest debris has been removed, climb into the window well to pick up the small remaining debris that can’t be reached or grabbed with a rake.

2. Check Fit & Seal.

Your window well should fit snugly against the foundation of your house. Any gaps can introduce moisture and pests. Your window itself should be well sealed and free of cracks. This inspection should take place 1-2x a year at least to quickly identify damage. If you find any damage in the fit or seal of your window well, you may be able to repair it yourself with caulk or you can play it safe by calling our experts at Windowell Expressions for window well repairs.

3. Create Space.

If you have planted bushes or other plants near the opening of your window well, you’re likely to find more debris in that window well. Consider moving or trimming plants near the window wells, and mowing your lawn with care to prevent dirt and debris from accumulating in your window well. You may also experiment with stepping stones, pavers, or concrete near your window wells.

4. Cover.

The best way to keep your window well as clean as possible is to add a custom-fit window well cover to the opening of your window well. Even a grid metal grate will prevent most debris from falling in, or you can go for a bubble window well cover to eliminate anything from entering your window well. Covers also have the added benefit of making your window wells more safe from falls and injury.

Check up on your window wells regularly to keep your home beautiful and your loved ones safe.