1958 Home Window Well Fills w/Water - Do I have Drains?
Hi. I have a 1958 Illinois ranch. The finished basement has window wells that fill with water then leak out the window frames. The wells have been neglected for decades. I've read the various methods to fix.
I have 2 sumps in the basement. One for rain/foundation water.
Once when gardening, I found clay drain tile. When there was a sewer issue, they found clay tile by the house for the sewer line.
Does anyone know what type of foundation drain tile they would've used in the Chicago area in 1958 commonly? Clay? or ???
Also, does anyone know how window well drainage was treated at that time? I've dug down a bit (soil/clay with rock) about 10" below the bottom window opening but can't see anything so far. Is looking for a pipe futile? This is VERY hard to dig with the rocks/clay mix so I don't want to be wasting my time. But did I dig down far enough?
Thanks for any help.