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Years of Build Up = Water in the Basement

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

Before and After Window Well cleaning Before & After Window Well Maintenance

Yearly Maintenance is So Important

Yearly maintenance around your home is so important to keep unwanted water out of your home. One overlooked place at your home may be your window wells.

Recently we responded to a water loss after a huge rainstorm. The homeowner no longer lived at the residence but his children were checking on the home. They found water standing in the basement and could not figure out where the water was coming from. After inspection, at least one problem area was found to come from full window wells. It seems years of accumulation of dirt and leaves had built up in the window wells and was above the bottom window line. Water would collect in the well and then with no other place to go, took the path of least resistance through the aged window casing. The water came in and down behind wooden paneling and bookshelves.

So, this fall when you are prepping for winter and doing maintenance in and around your home, don't forget to check those window wells and clean them out. At a minimum, clean dirt and leaves down at least 6" below the bottom window line. The best scenario would be to dig down 12" and put in 6" of rock. Then get an appropriate window well cover to keep out excess rain, snow, and leaves.

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