Your window wells and liners do a lot for you. But do you know just how much?
Your window well creates a barrier around the exterior of your home. This barrier pushes back the soil, leaving a hole in the ground. This hole is your window well, and the retaining wall is your window well liner. While it may seem simple, these wells and liners protect you from catastrophic water damage, which is why it’s essential to know when you should replace them.
So you have a big hole in the ground, what’s the big deal? This hole 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, and 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 some signs to look for.
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 significant flood. Moisture could mean 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 Window Wells
Ideally, you will notice signs of aging in your well that will allow you to take preventative action to avoid flooding. Look at your window well from the outside. Rust, scrapes, or bumps are signs of needing a window well replacement.
3. Annual Inspection of Your Window Wells
As a homeowner, you’ve probably heard by now how essential your annual, semi-annual, and even monthly routine maintenance is. Each year, thoroughly inspect your window wells for any signs of trouble. It can also be a good idea to schedule an inspection by an expert too. Unless you are a trained professional, sometimes a window well can look fine when there are 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 well, as well as your home.
It may seem like a big feat, but window well replacements are fast and affordable when done professionally. It’s best not to replace it on your own; the slightest mistake could mean flooding in your basement. Windowell Expressions has been replacing window wells throughout Salt Lake City and the rest of the valley for years, so you can rest assured that we will provide you with the best replacement possible. Contact us today for a free quote on your next window well replacement!