Window well drainage problem

chrisa62401April 26, 2011

We have had a lot of rain this month. The window well on our South wall is full of water and not draining, the floor in the room inside is wet. This is the first time this has happened. Does this drain look right? Why is it above the rock?

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Water doesn't drain uphill. The slotted cap should be lower. Remove the top, move the gravel away, cut the pipe a couple inches shorter and replace the cap.

Below is a diagram of the proper installation of a window well drain.


Source: National Research Council Canada

Often, window wells are not connected to a drain and will still work if the soil below the well is sufficiently free-flowing.

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