When it rains, basement windows are notorious points of penetration for water. Left unchecked, this could lead to all sorts of problems that would require a foundation repair specialist to tackle. Window wells address this issue somewhat but their performance depends on a few factors. Window wells are large sheets of metal (usually corrosion-resistant galvanized steel) installed at grade or below your basement windows. They’re designed to keep rainwater from getting into the basement to prevent flooding. They’re also used to keep melted snow from flowing through low windows.
Let our professionals at Rapid Dri discuss the most common reasons why window wells fail and show you solutions you can take to deal with them properly.
Window wells are usually bolted in place against your foundation. While this might seem like a simple DIY project, it can actually get pretty complicated. It’s best to leave their installation to a professional foundation repair contractor to avoid any issues right at the beginning.
Choosing the right size of window wells to use is important for a number of reasons. One, if a window well is too small or too big, it could obstruct the area immediately outdoor your basement windows. Two, improper sizing could lead to overflow problems and eventually basement flooding. Finally, choosing the wrong size of window wells could damage your home’s foundation and the window it’s meant to protect.
Poor Drainage Mechanisms
Without proper drainage, your window wells will simply be pools of water sitting outside your basement. You should discuss drainage issues with your foundation replacement contractor to avoid problems in the future.
At Rapid Dri, we are your leading provider of foundation repair and replacement services as well as solutions to common problems like basement flooding, waterproofing failure, wall cracking and more. Call us today at (734) 272-4495 and ask us about our free in-home consultation and request an estimate. You may also fill out our online contact form and one of our friendly representatives will get in touch with you shortly. We serve homeowners in Bloomfield Hills, MI.