Return to the Basements Forum | Post a Follow-Up

ground level basement window leaks when raining

Posted by dustynight (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 17, 06 at 0:20

Does anyone have a solution to this problem: This particular window is level with the cement outside and has a very small cement window well (about an inch deep). When it rains, water leaks throught the window (via the window well) and onto the basement floor.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: ground level basement window leaks when raining

They do make a plastic half moon cover for basement windows. Matbe that would help.

RE: ground level basement window leaks when raining

Are they for windows that are below ground level? This particular window is mostly above ground -- about 1 to 2 inches of the window is below ground level.

Rain then seeps down this small window well, onto the window sill and then down the basement wall onto the floor.

RE: ground level basement window leaks when raining

Is the gravel in the well deep enough for catching enough water and for drainage? You might want to check. Dig it out (several feet) and replace with gravel if it isn't in there.

Close any gaps where the cement meets your foundation wall nearby. The water might be getting in adjacent to the well, and then via any gaps between the well and the foundation wall. And block or divert any surface water that's running directly into it during heavy rains.

RE: ground level basement window leaks when raining

I second homebound's advice. We had a window that did that in our old house. We dug a nice, deep window well and that solved the problem. Takes some work, but it's worth it.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Basements Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here