Installing a window well involves a significant level of planning beforehand and expert execution. If your window wells are not installed with precision and reinforced with adequate drainage, lining and covering systems, your home could suffer expensive water damage. If you identify any of the following problems at your property, it’s time to call a professional before they escalate.
Lack of Proper Drainage System
Amateur installations do not place enough emphasis on the drainage system. If no drainage system is in place, a heavy rainfall or sudden influx of melting snow can quickly fill the well and put pressure on the window glass. Additionally, constant moisture along the window seal and frame can lead to leaks and rot. Over time, water can leach into the basement around the window or through the wall, warranting window and well replacement, which can be costly, especially when water damage is factored into the total bill.
A drain is installed by excavating 6 to 12 inches below the bottom of the window well. A pipe is fitted to connect to the perimeter drain at the home’s foundation. The pipe also can be fed into the basement and connected to a sump pump system. Once installed, layers of gravel are added to the well to allow water to be absorbed into the drain. If your window well does not currently employ this type of drainage system, consult a professional to explore your installation options.
The liner is one of the most important components of a properly functioning well. If the liner was not securely attached to the home’s foundation wall during installation, dirt, debris and water can gradually seep into the well through the gaps. Eventually, the pressure from eroding soil can cause the well’s liner to collapse against the window, potentially causing damage to the glass and the window frame. Don’t hesitate in speaking with a professional if you notice gaps between your well’s liner and your foundation.
Missing or Broken Cover
Window well covers are not intended to completely guard against precipitation, but they are designed to keep leaves and sticks from filling and clogging the drainpipe. Covers protect humans and pets from potential injuries, should they fall into the recess. Covers also prevent nesting animals from utilizing the well as a new home. Without covers, your window wells are exposed to the elements, expediting the degradation process and potentially presenting additional problems in the future. If your initial window well installation did not involve a custom fitting of protective covers, you must rectify the problem as soon as possible.
Talk to the experienced team at Windowell Expressions – your window well covers, liners and drainage systems will be properly installed and you will avoid more costly damages in the future.