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When To Replace Your Window Well

When was the last time you checked your window wells? Learning to recognize the signs of a well-worn window well that needs replacing could save you from needing to replace more expensive things down the road.

Take care of window well replacement before it has the chance to cause expensive damages to your house. Investing in a watertight draining system is cheaper and easier than dealing with flood damage.

You will likely need to replace your window well if your basement experiences any flooding. Dealing with the damages of a flood and then having to repeat the process because of a damaged window well would be a real headache. Outside from flood damages, your window well can be damaged through time.

Signs of Aging

Examine your window well from the outside. Do you see bumps, scrapes, or rust? Does it look a little beat up after years of use? Even a high-quality window well doesn’t last forever. With constant exposure to the elements, there is bound to be some wear and tear. Window well liners may be pulling away from the wall, allowing water to seep through. Cracks may also allow water to leak and debris to clog up the drain.

Aged window wells can bring down your curb appeal and wreak havoc on your foundation. If moisture is able to leak into your basement, it’s definitely time for a new window well. There may be signs of condensation, moisture, or mold growth. Replacing your window well before these signs start popping up is a great way to avoid potential damage and other needed repairs.

Remove the Old Window Well

Getting a new window well means removing the current window well. Proper removal is important to avoid any potential flooding. Hire a professional to get this job done. Attempting it on your own could easily mean expensive damages well beyond the cost of replacing a window well.

Rework the Drain System

The drainage system you have in place should be inspected by a professional. This system is extremely important as it protects your foundation from flooding. It’s also important to keep this drain clear. Consistently check to drain for clogging. Keeping it clean will prevent debris from backing it up and leading to damage in the system and possible flooding. If the drain isn’t functioning properly, a new drain pipe may be necessary. This drain system enters into the home’s foundation and connects to the sump pump or drains out away from the foundation. Once the drain is functioning properly and in place, gravel is placed over it.

Install the New Window Well

After all the preparations have been done, the foundation will need to be cleaned and smoothed over. The new well will then be fitted in place and securely fastened to the foundation. Another layer of gravel should be added to the bottom. More support should be added by placing soil around the edges of the new fixture.

 

Maintenance Tips To Make Your Windows Wells Last Longer

Prolong the life of your window well with a few easy maintenance tips. It’s much easier (and cheaper) to maintain your window wells and their liners than it is to replace them. Keep them around longer when you take care of them.

1. Clear Any Debris From The Drain.

The drain that clears any water build up from your window well is extremely important. If it is clogged, it could lead to damage to your foundation. Routinely check inside your window well for any blockages, back up, or debris from a storm that needs to be cleared away. Drainage is one of the most important functions of a window well. Be sure to check after every storm for any debris.

2. Does Your Cover Meet Safety Standards?

Does your window well have a cover? If so, be sure that no heavy objects are weighing it down. For safety reasons, the cover must be able to be removed from the inside. There should be no locking mechanisms on the outside of the cover. If there is a lock on the side of the cover, make sure that it is easily openable from the inside. Having your window well blocked is a fire safety hazard. You should also check your cover for any cracks or warped parts that will prevent it from doing its job of covering your window well.

3. Reapply Caulk To Well’s Liner Regularly

Window well liners often contract and start to pull apart after an extended amount of time being exposed to harsh elements. If you see this happening in your window wells, water and debris can leak, clogging your drain and damaging your foundation.

Check your window wells for this common occurrence regularly, if you see it happening it can be easily fixed with a little caulk. Wash away all mud caked around the exterior and allow the area to dry. Fix the linter back into place, apply a decent amount of caulk along the ledges where the liner meets the foundation. This will keep your liner in place and prevent water from entering your foundation.

4. Be Sure To Maintain Roof Draining System

Another source of unwanted water double up often comes from improper roof drainage. When was the last time you cleaned your gutter or downspouts? Be sure they aren’t clogged up and cause water to overflow into your window wells. This can cause problems in your drainage system problems and soil erosion around the liner. Clean out your gutters to prevent damage to multiple parts of your property.

5. Call In The Pros!

There are many maintenance tasks that you can do completely on your own. But when difficult situations arise, don’t attempt to fix it on your own. If you could potentially make the problem worse or risk damage to your property, reach out to a professional. You may need a liner replaced entirely. We are the team to help you with all of your window well needs!