The Importance of Window Well Drain Systems

Homes that have basements and that are situated in climates where rain and flooding occur need a reliable window well drain to funnel off any water that drains into the basement from the window wells.

Potential Water Penetration

Window wells are normally installed in homes with basements. Their purpose is to provide outside light. To provide the light, these windows have to be built partially below ground surface. Water intrudes when it pools in these wells and ultimately leaks into the basement through the seal between the window and foundation.

Window Well Installation

To prevent water from penetrating the basement, build a system that will drain water pools in the window well.

Drain Substitutes

As a substitute for a drain, contractors often place coarse gravel or crushed rock in the window well, through which water will drain to the soil under the gravel. It works well to drain small amounts of water, but with heavier rain or flooding, the gravel well will eventually fill with water. The water will then leak through window edges into the basement.