leaking window well

Old 07-09-03, 09:36 AM
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Angry leaking window well

Hello. I am struggling w/ a slightly wet basement. I constructed a house last fall and it has window wells. I live in Minnesota and the house has a drain tile system w/ a working sump pump. The problem is that after a heavy rain, there is a wet spot on the floor coming from under the window well. There is rock and drain tile in the window well. Recently I put a garden hose down the drain tile in the well and all was fine...water went through drain tile and to sump basket/pump. I also put the hose on top of the rock and let it run...that also went fine, the water went through the tile and into the basket/pumped out. So I am trying to figure out where this water is coming from and how to remedy it. Any suggestions???
Thanks so much in advance!

Old 07-09-03, 04:31 PM
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My brother lives in St. Louis Park and he called me with a similar problem at his egress window unit. He advised me on all the rain within a short period and I was amazed. 6 inches in 2 hours!

He said that no water came through the floor/wall joints but he did notice that water had gotten the drywall wet at the window sill.

He also has a gravel and drain in well. This worked fine with a garden hose but 6" in 2 hours is alot of rain!

I could only suggest getting a properly sized window well cover to place over this. His well was installed with a sealer where it meets the concrete so the excess water had no place to go but up!

I doubt you would have any problems if this was done as long as no water infiltration is at the window location or foundation.

Hope this helps!.

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