When Should I Replace My Window Well?
Your window well and liner do a lot for you. But do you know just how much? Your window well creates a barrier around the exterior of your home. The barrier, or retaining wall, pushes back the earth leaving a hole in the ground. The hole is your window well, and the retaining wall is your window well liner. If you’ve ever looked at it and thought “When Should I Replace My Window Well?” This is the Blog post for you!
So you have a big hole in the ground, what’s the big deal? This hole, your window well, allows you to have windows below ground level. That in turn gives you much more sunlight and better air circulation. Your window well, liner, and built in drainage system, work to keep debris and moisture away from your windows. Obviously, your window well is very important. While your window well will last for years, it’s not going to last forever.
So how do you know if you need a window well replacement? Here are the signs to look for so you know when it’s time to get your well replaced.
1. Unexpected Flooding
If you’ve had unexpected flooding in your basement, you may need a window well replacement. This goes for any moisture you may be getting in your basement; it doesn’t necessarily have to be a major flood. Moisture could mean there is a problem with the drainage system in your well, or a problem with the well itself. If you notice evidence of water in your basement, like mold growth, it’s time to call a professional and consider a window well replacement.
2. Signs of Aging
Ideally you will notice the signs of aging on your well, and you can take preventative action to avoid flooding. Look at your window well form the outside. Rust, scrapes or bumps are signs that you may need a window well replacement.
3. Annual Inspection
As a home owner you’ve probably heard by now how important your annual, semi-annual and even monthly routine maintenance is. Don’t neglect your window wells when you’re checking your other appliances and equipment. Each year, thoroughly inspect your window wells for any signs of trouble. It would also be prudent to schedule an expert to come take a look too. Unless you are a trained professional, sometimes a window well can look fine when there are actually underlying issues causing damage to your home.
Whether you have flooding, notice signs of aging or a professional tells you it’s time for a window well replacement, take action immediately. Doing so will help you avoid more damage to the foundation or interior. You’ll also keep moisture, debris or even pests out of your home.
It may seem like a big feat, but window well replacements are actually fast and affordable when done professionally. Do not try to replace it on your own; the smallest mistake could mean flooding in your basement. Windowell Expressions has been replacing window wells along the Wasatch Front for years and years. They specialize in hand diffing out all wells to minimize damage to your yard. Windowell Expressions can help you get an incredibly durable window well with stylish liners too. Now you have the answer to “When Should I replace my Window Well.” Get a free quote today!