How Can I Fix My Leaking Basement Window Wells?

Now that you know the dangers potentially associated with a leaking basement window, you probably want to know how to fix the leaking. There are a few different ways you can tackle this problem. Your preferred answer may be one or all of these answers.

It’s important to know how to fix leaking basement window wells before they spiral out of control. Here are some of your options. 

  • Window Well Covers

Many window wells come with optional window well covers. These plastic covers go on top of the window wells and prevent debris or excess water from coming in.

Typically, the plastic covers can come up or go down to facilitate exit from your basement in an emergency. It also makes it easier for you to perform maintenance on the window well if you need to fix something down there.

One thing you need to remember is that cheap basement window wells, especially those that you can get at a local hardware store, can be prone to cracking. You need to talk to JES to make sure you’re getting high-quality window well covers.

  • Regrading Your Home

The concept of “grading” regards the earth your home sits on. If you’re having a lot of problems with flooding, you may need to change the way the grading exists around your home right now.

There are two types of grading: positive and negative. Positive grading slopes away from your home, which directs flooding water away from the foundation and the window wells. Negative grading slopes toward your home, directing water directly into your window wells.

It’s possible for you to repair negative grading. You typically need to add soil in the area around your house and remove it in the area further away from your house, causing a slope outward from the home. A JES expert will let you know if it’s possible and if it’ll help. 

  • Basement Waterproofing System

A reliable basement waterproofing system is a true benefit to your basement and home. This is an especially important option if you’re not just having issues with your basement window leaking, but also with leaking all around your home.

A waterproofing system can help you avoid continuous water damage to your home. JES recommends the BasementGutter interior drainage system and a reliable sump pump system. These systems can help in a variety of situations that lead to water damage and other problems. Schedule a free basement inspection to see if it’ll work for you.

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