Window Well and Drains

Window Well and Drains

It is very common for water to accumulate in window wells. When enough water gathers inside the well large amounts of water can come through the window or window frame and pour into your basement, it sometimes can even break the window if the well fills up too much. Most homes, but not all, are built with window well drains. However, debris, such as leaves, branches, or mulch can clog the drain if not kept clean. We offer many different window well drainage solutions. Attempting to caulk around windows and window frames, install glass block windows or just install a window well cover are not answers to the drainage issues.

Sometimes fixing the obvious cause will solve the problem. For example, this can involve gutter extensions or addressing the root cause (the flow of water). Reliable Basement services has many effective repair methods available. We have solved leaky basement window well problems in many Chicago and Chicagoland homes.

Window wells, when installed below grade on the exterior of a home, must be drained. In the absence of drainage window wells fill up with water like an aquarium. Since windows are designed to shed water (like a roof shingle) instead of being waterproof (like an aquarium), when the window wells fill, the water simply pours through the seals of the windows and into the basement. Drainage can be retrofitted either from the exterior or the interior.

Exterior Window Well Drain Dig:
Interior Window Well Drain Dig:

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