Waterproofing the Window Wells
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 these 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 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.