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What To Do About Leaking Window Wells

A leaky window well can cause many issues for a homeowner. It can damage your home’s foundation, your basement, your belongings, and even the window. Not only is this incredibly frustrating and disheartening, but it can also cost you thousands and thousands of dollars in repairs. 

So, what should you do about leaky window wells? Keep reading to find out.

Remove Standing Water

If water has entered your basement, your first step should be removing the water. You can use a wet/dry shop vacuum to help. However, if the water level is considerably high, you may want to hire a flood remediation specialist to handle the job. Their heavy-duty, professional equipment will get the job done fast before you have to worry about mold setting in.

Drain the Flooded Window Well

Now that the standing water is removed from the interior of your home, you can begin thinking about the exterior of your home. Remove the water in your window well by unblocking the drain. If the water is too deep, you may need to use a bucket to help bail the water from your well. Once you can reach the drain, you can remove the mud and gravel that is blocking it and begin your investigation.

Find the Leak

In addition to sludge build-up, your drain may be clogged with leaves, sticks, or other debris that may have caused the flood — find out what exactly is stopping your well from draining. Make sure your drain is installed correctly and that the drainpipe is working correctly. 

Avoid Future Leaks

To avoid future problems, make sure each of your window wells — even the ones that aren’t currently leaking — have functioning drains, are cleaned regularly, and have a cover.

Well Covers — The best way to keep your window wells clear of debris is to cover them. Covers will prevent leaves, sticks, dirt, critters and insects, and garbage from gathering in your wells. All of these things can easily block your drain and prevent proper drainage. Covers also increase your home’s aesthetic and add another level of security.

Functioning Drains— A properly installed window well will be equipped with a drain and drain pipe at the base of the well. The drainpipe will direct water away from the foundation of your home. It typically connects to a gutter drain or is led down a landscaped slope. Your well’s drain could even be connected to a sump pump in your basement that would allow for proper drainage.

Clean Window Wells Often — When your window well is full of leaves, trash, webs or nests, and other debris, it can be hard for your well to drain efficiently. Take some time every few months to clear out your well and check the drain for clogs or potential build-ups. Additionally, verify your covers are fitting tightly and are not damaged.

Contact Windowell Expressions

Windowell Expressions is your one-stop-shop for your window wells. We manufacture window well liners, grates, and clear covers. Whether you need custom covers or standard ones, we have what you need. Contact Windowell Expressions today.

What is a Bubble Window Well Cover?

There are many effective ways to cover your window wells. A common favorite among homeowners is a bubble cover. Bubble covers bring many benefits to the table, all while looking great and complementing your home’s style, design, and architecture. 

Continue reading to learn more about bubble covers and why so many people choose to add them to their homes.

What is a Bubble Window Well Cover?

A bubble window well cover is a half-dome shaped piece of material built to fit over an egress window and the surrounding well. Bubble window well covers are made of super-strong plastic. Bubble covers are incredibly durable and are virtually maintenance-free. They are popular among homeowners because they come in standard sizes or can be custom-made to fit your home’s unique requirements.

Pros of Bubble Window Well Covers

Window well covers offer many benefits to your home, bubble covers included. Here are some advantages to bubble covers:

  • Security — A correctly installed bubble cover can help deter intruders from entering your home. Bubble covers are made of sturdy, hard-to-break plastic and lock from the inside.
  • Eliminate Water — Bubble covers keep rain, snow, and other wet weather from entering your window well. They help protect your home’s foundation by shedding water away from the base of your home.
  • Safety — An open window well is a hazard. Bubble covers help protect your family, visitors, and animals from falling into a window well.
  • Save Energy — Bubble covers are transparent and allow a lot of natural light through your basement windows, which will help cut down monthly utility bills.
  • Deters Dirt and Animals — Bubble covers are great for keeping dirt and other debris from your window wells, as well as rodents, insects, and other critters.

Maintaining Your Bubble Window Well Covers

Bubble covers are built to handle it all. However, to ensure you get the most of your covers, you’ll want to make sure you treat them right. Here are a few tips:

  • Do Not Sit, Stand, or Step on Covers — Bubble covers are durable, but depending on how much you weigh, they’re not that strong. 
  • Do Not Cut or Drill — The plastic could crack when cut or drilled, causing covers to stop working correctly.
  • Remove When Doing Home Maintenance — Brick or siding installers, painters, roofers, and other people working on your home may not treat your covers as they need to be. Consider removing the covers when workers come to your home or inform workers on how to manage them.
  • Clean Periodically — Thankfully, cleaning bubble covers is quick and easy. Use your hose to wet it down and, with mild dish soap and soft towel or bare hand, wash your cover. Do not use window cleaner or an abrasive detergent.

Contact Windowell Expressions

Windowell covers are a great addition to your home and come in a variety of styles, shapes, and materials. Windowell Expressions is your one-stop-shop for all things window wells. We offer well liners, covers and grates, and replacements. Call Windowell Expressions today to schedule your complimentary in-home consultation.