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3 Window Well Installation Problems to Look Out For

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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.

Unsecured Liner

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.


What To Do about a Flooding Window Well

What To Do about a Flooding Window Well

A flooding window well can spell disaster for a homeowner. Basement water damage can ruin appliances, major home systems and wreck finishing work, resulting in thousands of dollars in damage. What should homeowners do when they find water leaking through their lower level window well?

Remove Water

The first step to repairing the leak is to empty all water from the basement. Depending on the severity of the damage, homeowners may be able to use a wet/dry vacuum. If the water level is high, consider calling a professional water damage repair company. They can use heavy-duty equipment to quickly remove and restore the interior before mold sets in.

Drain Window Well

Once all water is removed on the inside, move to the exterior of the home. Empty the pooled water inside the well. Underneath the water, a sludge of gravel and dirt may have formed, blocking the draining system. Dig this out until the drain cover is exposed so you can begin diagnosing how the flood originated.

Find the Source of the Leak

Besides mud, it’s possible that leaves, sticks and other debris may have clogged the window well’s drainage system and contributed to the backup. Perhaps the installation was completed incorrectly and you have no drainpipe to carry away the water.

Whatever the cause, homeowners must ensure their window wells have the following features and receive the intended proper care to prevent future basement floods:

1. Working Drain

When window wells are installed correctly, a hole is dug and a drainpipe placed at the base of the well. The pipe leads away from the home’s foundation, exiting out of a landscape slope or connecting to a gutter drain. The drain can also lead inside the basement, connecting to a sump pump system for proper water drainage.

2. Window Well Covers

The primary way to prevent a drain clog is to keep the inside of the window well clear. Covers prevent leaves and dirt from clogging the drain pathway and keep small animals from nesting within. While covers also contribute to the aesthetics of the home, they are an important protective feature.

3. Regular Window Well Cleaning

Even with a proper drainage system installed and a cover in place, window wells require routine maintenance to ensure no further water damage affects the window and the basement interior. Every three to four months, check the drainpipe for blockages and make sure the cover fits snugly and securely on the liner.

Contact Windowell Expressions for more information on the proper installation of window wells and what repairs are necessary for homeowners facing a flooding window well.