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The term “Window Well” refers to the area that surrounds a basement window. Window wells retain the surrounding earth and allow rainwater to drain away from basement windows, thereby preventing basement flooding, seepage, and water damage within the home. All windows that sit below or at ground level require window wells. Unfortunately, window wells are easily damaged, which can have disastrous consequences for your home’s interior. In Toronto, where home renovations and improvement projects are commonplace, homeowners often unknowingly risk the integrity of their basement waterproofing and window wells, as any modifications done to a home’s basement windows have the potential to affect their ability to resist water and prevent damage from occurring.
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Common issues with window wells range from the installation of windows that are not designed to be watertight, improper fastening of window wells to the home’s structure, to poorly compacted soil. Fortunately, this common window well complications are easily resolved and repaired by a trained professional.
Improper fastening of window wells occurs when the window well is not properly securely attached to a home’s exterior wall. In regions such as Toronto, where the ground freezes and swells throughout the seasons, poorly fastened window wells have the potential to become loose and lift away from the window, allowing the earth to clog the well and drain and preventing the area from draining properly. A professional from Strong Basements can repair your window well by excavating the area and adding supplementary drainage tiles. They will then fill the area with compact soil before installing and sealing a new window well.
Similar to poorly fastened window wells, soil compaction can affect your window well’s alignment. Proper soil compaction helps to promote water flow and prevent seepage. Soil that is not properly compacted has the potential to settle under the weight of rainwater, causing sinkholes around your home’s foundation. These sinkholes make it difficult for excess water to drain and can result in clogging if not repaired by a contractor.
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WINDOW WELL FAQs
Where do window well drains go?
In Ontario, the window well drainage pipes are part of the storm system and most times are connected to a weeping tile pipe located at the bottom of the foundation.
The window well will not drain, why?
It is two major reasons why the window well would not drain the water: 1) The drainage pipe is partially or completely blocked. 2) The window well does not have a drainage pipe.
How to unclog the window well drain?
If the window well drainage pipe got clogged on the top, just remove the mud clean the pipe and window well, and refill with clean gravel. If the pipe clogged downstream, then the foundation wall has to be excavated and the window well drainage pipe has to be replaced along with the part of the foundation drainage pipe (see the video on this page).
How deep window well?
If the distance between the grade and the bottom of the window is 1″ inch (or less) the window well is required to protect the basement from possible leaks. The window well has to be installed 4″ inches (or more) deeper than the bottom of the window.
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