WINDOW WELLS LEAKS
Window wells are for windows built near or below the ground
to keep water from rushing into basement by way of the windows.
Contractors install drywells under the window so water can
drain down into the ground quicker. A hole is dug (sometimes below the
footing), and a U shape piece of metal called a window well buck is placed in
the hole and then back filled with a little sand and crushed stone. Many times a vertical
4 inch pipe is placed in the hole before the stone is poured into
the hole. (The pipe will act as a drain.) If you have a window well,
and there is water or dampness in your basement in the window well area,
you may want to dig out the old dirt, look for a drain pipe and clean it
out the pipe with a stick or small soil snake if possible.
Window wells can be
covered with window well covers. Window well covers can
fit right over
most basement windows and window bucks.
Window well buck
Window well cover
Below window well buck covered
with number 30 felt tar paper before crush stone is applied.
Some sand may
be put between the metal and earth adjacent the buck. Sometime a French drain installed at
the footing base
Below is a window well with
a regular plumbing drain system protruding from the bottom.
Many window wells pits
have soil above the window sill. When it rains water will run
right into the basement, this window well need cleaning.
have any water leaks, peeling paint, or mortar around a window adjacent
to a window well your window well may need maintenance.
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information about all types of brick pointing and cement work in this
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