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Apr 21, 2013, 07:40 PM
Standing water in window well
There is standing water in a window well. It isn't draining and if it get deeper it comes in and gets the carpet wet.

What do I need to do to find out what the problem is? Who would be the right person to have come look at this and repair it?
Apr 21, 2013, 11:10 PM
Probably just your average handy man service can handle this.

There should be a small drain pipe to keep it dry, it may be clogged up. Also, there are clear covers available to go over the opening, keeping all water from getting into the well in the first place.

Apr 22, 2013, 08:18 PM
The bottom of the window well (inside soil or rock level) should be deeper than the basement window frame by a couple of inches at minimum. The ridge that makes up the curved/corrugated metal window well should be a couple inches above the soil level around the house. If your eaves do not protrude far enough to keep rain out, then the plastic covers are a good idea for keeping moisture and leaves out of the wells.

And the foundation soil around the home should be higher than surrounding soil, so that any rain water flows away from the home's foundation. I have never seen a drain line in a window well in our area...but they may exist in other places.

Agree that if you can figure out the problem, any decent home handy person could probably fix this.
Apr 23, 2013, 05:31 PM
assuming you have soil that drains, making the window well a French drain like Conrad suggested should work. when we replaced 3 of the basement windows in our redo, including converting two to egress status, we dug 6 to 8 inches down from the sill cut... and slanted the bottom away from the window in our sandy soil. then backfilled with river rock after putting down landscape fabric for weed control.

a proper drain to stormwater removal is an excellent idea, provided you want to dig down to the footings or wherever your drain tile is. since ours was installed inside after construction, and our land is well-drained, we just help ol' Ma Nature handle things.

window well covers allow driven rain past, as I found one stormy day in the furnace room. the general idea is that they reduce the inflow of storm water to controllable levels. there are covers that lock down flat and rain-tight, but there is no ventilation with those.

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May 10, 2013, 11:43 AM
you can buy a small sump pump that will fit in a 5 gallon bucket. [lil giant] it is operated by a float , just like your toilet is. bury the bucket below grade and cover the bucket with fabric that is used for a septic drain field. cover the fabric with a grate. run a 1" pvc drain line up and out of the well*****?v=vn7bkncf1_E
May 10, 2013, 02:10 PM
Frodo, the folks did that with a 1/3 HP sump pump and a bucket in the back yard, after the city raised the alley two feet and "Lake Swschrad" formed with every hard rain. worked fine. if a house is on clay and the window wells cannot drain, that's a good fallback.

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