Window well fills with water


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Old 12-29-05, 05:18 AM
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Window well fills with water

I'm also posting this in the Landscaping and Windows forums -- not sure where it should go.

Last summer I replaced a basement window after moving into this house. The installer advised me to put in a galvanized steel window well. I did and put in several inches of stones.

Once in the summer I left the lawn sprinkler on too long, water filled the well and leaked into the basement.

Now it's winter, but we've had a sudden burst of mild temperatures and rain. The snow cover has thawed. Yesterday the window well filled again and water leaked into the basement.

I think the soil in that area of the yard is clay.

Any ideas on how I can fix this, both when spring comes and, if possible, now?

One thought that occured to me is to dig down below the well wall, insert a plastic pipe and run it along a downward sloping trench to create a drain. But I'm hoping there's an easier fix. thanks.
 
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Old 12-29-05, 05:22 AM
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Clay is very bad soil for window wells. Aside from digging out a LOT more dirt and replacing it with gravel, the drain is your only other option. If the sill of the window is above grade, it really doesn't need a window well in the first place- just rock below it to keep mud and weeds from overtaking the sill.
 
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Old 12-30-05, 06:48 AM
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Unfortunately the sill is pretty much right at ground level. Yesterday was warm enough for me to go outside, get down on my knees and closely examine the site. I think I've spotted the cause. The well is about one foot from where an addition juts out. There's a lot of snow melt dripping from the roof there because the eavestroughs are still snow-packed. The water hits a small patch of ground, maybe a bit more than one foot square. That area slopes down right toward the well and might be directing water through a gap of about a half-inch between the well and the house. The patch of ground is so small that it's almost impossible to see the slope when standing but you don't need much slope to move water over a foot or so. I found a tub of dirt in the garage and am thawing it so I can regrade that spot ro direct the water away from the house. I'll probably put in a drain this spring. thanks for replying.
 
 

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