Window Wells


Prevent water from seeping into your basement around the window wells: a drain inside the well is required.

Provide Positive Drainage:

Any window that is below grade is vulnerable to flooding from spillover, driving rain, or snow build up against the house. Once window wells flood, the water has nowhere else to go–except into your basement! A drain installed inside your window well, will provide the positive drainage required to carry water away from your foundation wall.

Drain Installation:

  • Remove the window well.
  • Locate primary horizontal weeping tile system by digging to footing.
  • Run a 4″ in diameter piece of weeping tile, vertically up the wall, to the bottom of the windowsill.
  • When this is done, we make sure all weeping tile, at the footing level, is covered with 8″ of ¾” clear stone.
  • Backfilling …we make sure to leave the stone is 3″ lower than the bottom of the windowsill.
  • Refasten window well form back, onto the foundation wall.
  • To stabilize the new drain, we fill the inside of the window well with 8” of ¾” clear stone. The new drain must be completely surrounded with gravel. The continuous holes in the weeping tile will provide positive drainage. Backfill and compact dirt around the outside of window well. This will prevent water build up inside the window well.


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