Warning signs your window wells are damaged or at risk

Blog submitted by Shield Foundation Repair in Edmonton

Early snowfalls can lead to slow melting water accumulations in low-lying areas of your home. 10 cm of snow in your window wells might not seem important, but that might not be a safe assumption. The melting snow could cause leaks, and you might need basement waterproofing in Edmonton.

Do you see horizontal waterlines on the window?

We marked the following photo with arrows to bring your attention to high watermark lines on the window. Those lines tell us that the window well filled with water during heavy storms.

The third photo below shows how water found its way around the window and over the foundation wall. Again, this is due to either no vertical drains or plugged vertical drains in the window well.

Does that look like your window? Call Shield Foundation Repair!

If you see lines like this, call Shield Foundation Repair for repairs and Edmonton basement waterproofing. The amount of water that can enter your basement in minutes is remarkable. Melting snow is even more sneaky because water might seep in slowly, but it’s as worrisome. A leakage problem can be invisible because water can run down your foundation and inside your walls. This is probably the culprit if you see mysterious puddles on your basement floors around windows or if it smells damp after every rain or snow event.

Window well maintenance tips

Keep your window wells free and clear of debris.

– Always maintain 100% rock topping in window wells for drainage.
– Regularly inspect window wells for signs that point to standing water.
– Look for signs of mould or mildew around window well areas.
– Be suspicious of musky odours in your basement.
– Inspect basement walls and floors around window wells for staining or dampness.

Bonus Pro-tip: When looking at buying a house, this is a dead way giveaway that there might be window well issues and water ingress.

Call us today to talk to one of our friendly staff about new or old leakage, moisture, or mould issues.

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