How much water can a basement window well handle ??


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Old 03-18-19, 03:45 PM
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How much water can a basement window well handle ??

My basement window does not have a drain . Im curious how much water can a window withstand before it comes inside.
 
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Old 03-18-19, 03:58 PM
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Most basement window wells don't have drains... so it depends how many inches it is from the bottom of the window opening to the gravel below. Also depends on if water from the lawn can drain into it or if it's simply what falls from above. Most people will put a cover over them to keep rain out.
 
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I had a leak into the inside . Was a warm day /thaw and a decent amount of rain fall.

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That is hosted on a site the DIY board doesn't allow. What is that site.... I can grab it and post it.
 
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It's from tinypic..........

 
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I edited my post it appears now
 
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Well yeah, that gulley that is funneling water from the lawn down there might be the problem.
 
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What is meant by gulley, the hole in front of the metal??
 
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Old 03-18-19, 07:19 PM
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gul·ly
/ˈɡəlē/

noun: gulley
1. a water-worn ravine.
synonyms: ravine, canyon, gorge, pass, defile, couloir, deep narrow valley;


verb: gulley
1. erode gullies into (land) by water action.
"he began to pick his way over the gullied landscape"
 
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That u meant the hole in front of the metal that all the water created.. so I guess I need a french drain??
 
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You just need to quit funneling all the water from your lawn and roof down the window well. The grading around the house is atrocious.
 
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It's the window on the left/closest in the pic that's leaking . The roof water is all going to the front of the house . Downspout is going along the side of the house towards the front
 
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Yeah its obvious which window it is by the path of mud and water leading to it.
 
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So fill that gulley with dirt and the hole . Will make it slightly better ? Before getting into heavy duty land grating ?
 
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That and the entire foundation perimeter. The landscaping looks lower than the grass!
 
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How about in this pic does the grading still look bad ??

So how should I fix this . How much dirt and how far from house.
 
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If you are buying the soil from the big box, I imagine you could lay at least 2 bags end to end all the way around the house if you wanted and it wouldn't hurt. A little math and you would know how many to get. Or contact a landscaper for an estimate.
 
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Your pics are on pichost(dot)org now. DIY blocks hosting from tinypics.
 
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How far away and high from foundation should I come out
 
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There should not be a depression all around the house filled with gravel or mulch. Fill it all in (excluding the interior of the window well) using dense clay soil (not sand) so that water will run away from the house.

How far away and high from foundation should I come out
 
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It's difficult to estimate material, but water flows down, your beds, the gully, the gutters, the entire yard should be higher and directed away from the well to keep water out!
 
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It's a rental property. So I am trying to do the cheapest way possible.

option 1 put soil all around foundation extruding 2 to 3 ft out ??? And then resod??
Option 2 . I re level entire property which costs alot and I have to re sod and I doubt tenants would do it for me .

3.I had some landscapers saying to put a rock maintenance strip drain/ weeping tile about a foot and a half deep around foundation covered with gravel, terminating to front of house ..?

4. Adding french drain to window..
 

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.I had some landscapers saying to put a rock maintenance strip drain/ weeping tile about a foot and a half deep around foundation covered with gravel, terminating to front of house ..?
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No!

This will harbor water against the house and encourage leaking through any cracks in the foundation.
 
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Old 03-20-19, 04:41 PM
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You say its is a rental. Why isn't the landlord addressing the problem? It's his investment, not yours. Or are you considering buy it?
 
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its my rental property/I AM the landlord/ owner. I guess everyone needs specifics now adays!!!! I am trying to keep costs down!
If I was a renter would I be wasting my time asking questions.

I am stumped which route to take,. window well drain or regrade the land
 
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Old 03-22-19, 09:37 AM
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Regrade the land. That is more important and will do more good than any drainage. You might need drainage later on, but reducing or eliminating the source of the water is more important. Plus, regarding will add better aesthetics to the property.
 
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Concern I have is . Who will water the sod /grass after doubt tenants will do it . Also how will I get the water to funnel between the houses ??
 
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Old 03-22-19, 10:05 AM
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You don't necessarily need grass. A ground cover plant will do the job and absorb lots of water. GOOGLE "moisture absorbing and fast growing ground cover plants" for a list of plants. As far as who will water it to start with? Well that is something that you will need to resolve. Hire some kid or pay the tenants to care for it. Maybe a slight reduction in rent for the first month or two?

I have a similar situation between me and my neighbor. I graded that side of the house so that a slight trough or depression is made from the house to the middle part of the ground between our homes. Except in a torrential down pour, I eliminated basement water leak by grading.
 
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Sounds helpful but what about winter months/thaw In spring
 
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Again with proper grading and using the proper soil/clay mixture, and an established ground cover be it grass or other, it should not be a problem.
 
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Ok how far from house foundations should I come out with grading 3 or 4 feet ??
 
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2 maybe 3 feet at the most. Like I said, imagine a bag of soil laying on the ground. That's about the size/area/volume you need to raise. This isn't rocket science.
 
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Perfect so I ll count the same amount for the side of the house that's beside the neighbor and do the same !! Just need to find soil that is more clay style.

is there any plants that absorb water in the winter months??
 
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Do I put the dirt right on top of the grass? And or resod /seed after ???
 
 

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