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WINDOW WELLS LEAKS House with window wells

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 buck

 

 

 

 

Window well cover

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 

buck covered with number 30 felt

Below is a window well with a regular plumbing drain system protruding from the bottom.

window well with drain

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.

dirty window well

 

 

If you have any water leaks, peeling paint, or mortar around a window adjacent to a window well your window well may need maintenance. 

 

 

 

There is also information about all types of brick pointing and cement work in this book.

 


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