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How to Stop Leaks From Happening in Your Basement Windows

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Basement windows are common spots for a leak to originate. Your basement is naturally susceptible to water invasion and having a below-ground window makes this a vulnerable area. This is the reason basement windows should be aided with a waterproofing system and replaced when required. These are the best solutions for leaky basement windows.

Replace Your Windows

The issue is, at times, with the window itself. The panes and frame could be worn or broken. Aged basement windows usually have wood or metal frames that deteriorate over time. Newly installed windows with aluminum or vinyl frames can help solve this problem.

When you’re replacing your basement windows, you might want to think about opening them up and putting an egress window in its place. Even when you are not making the basement a livable space at the moment, if your plans include remodeling the basement down the line, you’ll need to replace the windows as one of the first steps.

Egress windows are expected by the building code for any and all basement bedrooms. Making the windows larger and changing the window wells are going to let more natural light in, as well as provide an outlet from the basement due to a fire or other emergency. The minimum size of an egress window is 5.7 square feet opening that’s unobstructed.

This opening can’t be under 24 inches in height or under 20 inches in width—maximum sill height can’t be more than 44 inches off the ground. If a contractor puts your egress window in, they’ll also have the opportunity to incorporate additional waterproofing to ensure your new window does not start leaking down the road.

Positive Slope

Even when you have new windows, basement windows still have the potential to leak. Be sure there your foundation has a positive slope with the grade slanting away from your foundation wall. You don’t want to slant the channel water into your foundation wall.

Yard Drainage and the Window Well

The same thing goes for your yard drainage. We’ve even seen yard drainage getting dumped straight into the window well. Even when you have waterproofed window wells, too much water straining the well isn’t a good thing for your window. Don’t allow water to dump directly on the basement windows or foundation wall.

Do not fill your window well up with rubbish. This will block the window well’s drainage components and can lead to puddled water, and eventually, leaky basement windows. Be sure your yard drainage is correctly installed and properly working. Gutters and downspouts should be tidy and in proper working condition. When there’s water built up in the yard, think about adding a French Drain to collect and channel this water.

Keep in mind that the primary line of defense for a waterproofing system is yard drainage. Redirect the most amount of water away from the foundation as you can. This is how to keep your basement dry. Interior and exterior waterproofing systems are your basement’s next line of defense against water.

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