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BASEMENT WINDOW WELLS PURPOSE

BASEMENT WINDOW WELLS PURPOSE

basement remodeling in St. Charles, MOWindow wells are usually small structures that are positioned outside ground-level basement windows which allows more light in and also keep soil and water away from window. It is mostly a few feet deep and it is filled with a small layer of gravel to drain the well. Window wells are installed usually for the purpose of preventing water penetration through the window, preventing water damage to the window frames and also to allow for egress out of the basement if an emergency arise. Without a window well, some basement windows will be below grade and they will be a source of insect damage, water leakage and wood rot. Basement remodeling in St. Charles, MO as of recent has always been going alongside with a basement window.

Basement window wells also allow for more light to enter the basement area. It is important that window wells have a drain, this is the drain that pipes water away from the interior of the well. Some window wells do have a drain pipe that leads to the drain around the base of the foundation walls which can be cause problems because this means putting water very close to the exterior foundation walls. It is very expensive to excavate down and install drainage pipes that discharge to a safe area. At a minimum, to better allow for drainage, there should be a foot of gravel in the well. Installation of window well covers is highly recommended.

They may not look that good but they help in keeping debris and leaves away from the well interior. They also help prevent snow and water from collecting inside the well. If you are in a dry region, it might be an overkill to install window wells but they help in protecting basement windows from physical damage. Two inches isn’t too much and it is wise to install them if you are planning to raise the grade around your basement window with flower beds or something.