Basements, by nature, are susceptible to leaks, floods, and anything else water related, due to their location below ground. Likewise, windows that are placed at ground level, or below ground, run into the issue of leaks and cracks. Tom’s Basement Waterproofing finds that most basement flooding issues stem from old windows that need new solutions for basement dryness.
The basement windows of modern day are now provided with their own waterproofing system, ensuring that water stays out of your home. Tom’s Basement Waterproofing has a few solutions to provide homeowners with leaky basement windows.
Just like your windows above ground, eventually they may need to be replaced. Many older homes are facing the challenge of DIY solutions for their basement windows, but the fix is not lasting long enough. When broken frames or panes come into the picture, it’s time for a new window. We recommend that any new basement window be structured with aluminum or vinyl frames, to last a lifetime in your home.
Tom’s Basement Waterproofing also recommends that any new windows that are placed into a basement be considered for enlargement. This is especially helpful if you utilize your basement as another living area, or are considering doing so in the future. Egress or enlarged windows are mandatory for all new living spaces, as they provide an option for escape during an emergency situation. Likewise, most enlarged windows are thoroughly inspected for waterproofing, in order to maintain the quality of your new living space.
Check For Slopes
New windows can still come into danger with leaks, if there is a slope. Check for a positive slope around your foundation, and that the grade of your lawn is moving away from your home. Any slope that is moving towards your house or foundation is a bad sign, and will eventually put water in your basement.
Window Well Drainage
Likewise, if your yard slopes towards your window well, the water will pool up and sit in this area, before also eventually entering into your home. Many window wells have built in drainage systems, but standing water cannot tackle this issue. Make sure to clean your window wells of debris often, and that all gutters and downspouts are facing far enough away from your home, to push the water elsewhere.