How to Deal with Clogged Basement Window Wells

Clogged basement window wells are generally easy to deal with.

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Having a window in your basement is not just pleasant, it’s now a requirement if you wish your basement to be considered finished. More specifically, finished basements are required to have egress windows for emergency exit purposes. Whether you have these specialized windows or regular basement windows, however, you’re sure to be aware of the struggle that comes with keeping your window wells clear, clean, and dry. As winter approaches in Moberly, MO, the weather is only going to wetter, which increases the risk of leaks even more. 

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Taking Care of Your Basement Window Wells 

The most obvious way to take care of your basement window wells and prevent clogs, damage, and leaking is to regularly clean and clear them of debris. This is most important in fall when the wet weather and falling leaves can combine to create a pulpy mess that is sure to clog your window well drains. If your window wells do not have drains, you should have then installed as quickly as possible. 

The cost of doing so will be well worth it in the long run. 
Installing window well covers is another way to effectively prevent clogging and flooding in your window wells. These covers will catch debris, ensuring that your well drainage systems never get gummed up with leaves and other large chunks of debris. There are a number of choices when it comes to window well covers. The plastic “bubble” covers that can be found in most hardware stores are flimsy and will break quickly. More durable covers from basement professionals are the best choice. 

When considering installing window well drains or covers, it is best to contact waterproofing specialists for advice. Foundation Recovery Systems offers free inspection appointments for those who have concerns about their basement’s health. 

Unclogging Basement Window Wells 

If a batch of heavy rain has led to your basement window wells filling with water and debris and caused leaks in your basement, there are a few things you can do to fix this problem. First and foremost, you should remove debris from your window wells and do your best to clear the drains. If this does not work, you really only have two choices. You can either clear the space around your window and open it before cleaning the mess with a mop and bucket, or you can pump the water out of your window well. 

Whichever you choose, you will need to drain the well before you can investigate the well’s drainage systems for a better look at clogs and blockages. Basement window well drains often become clogged by buildup and mud because they are ignored, so once you clean them out and get them working again, you should make a point of checking them regularly. If they continue to block or drain slowly, however, you may have a blockage deep in the system, or you may have drains that are unsuitable for your needs. In this case, it is time to call a specialist. The benefits of doing this are many, but the most obvious is that a professional inspection will also highlight any issues with your windows and basement as a whole. 

Whether it’s help with your window wells, basement, or foundation walls, Foundation Recovery Systems is ready to help you. Our experienced team of experts can inspect and diagnose what’s going wrong in your home and recommend the best solutions suited to your specific repair needs. Contact us today for a free inspection and repair estimate.