Common Window Well Problems and How To Solve Them

Common Window Well Problems and How To Solve Them

Window wells are great for protecting your home, as well as for providing light and overall livability to your basement.  But the downsides that a window well brings come in the form of water accumulation. In fact, if a lot of water gathers inside the well, then lots of water will start coming through the window and go directly into the basement, something you simply can’t allow to happen. Many a homeowner has come home to a pile of branches, leaves, and mulch in a pool of water in their basement.

In fact, flooding seems to be the major window well problem that people from all over encounter, and it’s caused by an accumulation of water. Most of the time the problem is caused by faulty or clogged gutters. For example, according to the experts at Sound Renovation, “If debris is not removed in a timely fashion, the water cannot enter the gutter and will simply run off the roof as if there were no gutter system at all.” When water is able to simply run over the gutter system and onto the ground, it is able to accumulate in window wells. A properly installed gutter system will collect the water and funnel to a designated drainage area that will lead the water away from your house. A poor gutter system can do more than just flood your window wells. It can  also ruin your home’s foundation.

So, what do you do once your window well has already flooded? One way to solve the problem is to simply replace the window well. However, this is costly and doesn’t get to the root of the problem, which is a drainage issue. You might simply repair it, but this is messy and still doesn’t get to the root of the problem. Therefore, the best way to solve the problem is to not only fix the window well, but also to have your entire water drainage system assessed by a professional. Fixing the problem may be as simple as unclogging the gutters. On the other hand, it may be as complicated as installing a water pump or grading the land away from your house.

As you can see, it can be quite hard to determine the window well water problems and even harder to solve them. However, with enough expertise and commitment you can solve that problem. After all, the most important thing is to solve the problems as quickly as possible, because as time passes numerous other problems can appear. Therefore, you should try to solve them quickly and don’t avoid enlisting professional help, as professionals will immediately take care of the issue!