Are your basement windows leaking water when it’s rainy out? Maybe it’s melting snow that’s causing the problem. No matter what the case, you’re not the only one. The notoriety of basement windows not standing up against water is why window well waterproofing is commonly needed.
POM Plumbing does many different kinds of waterproofing, but this is one of the more common types. If your windows are leaking water, you’ll want to read on and see how we can help.
Leaking basement windows can be a pain, but are they really worth the time and money of waterproofing? The answer is an absolute and undeniable ‘yes’! Leaking basement windows aren’t just annoying and unattractive, they can cause irreparable damage to your home. Any part of your basement that lets in water or moisture can spark up the beginnings of mold.
Why is Mold Such a Problem?
Mold may seem like only a minor nuisance when it’s somewhere like an unfinished basement. However, it’s more damaging than it seems. Even if you don’t use your basement for much of anything, mold can travel and cause problems throughout the house. It does this by:
- Infecting the air with spores, causing damage to the lungs of any inhabitants.
- Spreading to places in the house that are frequented by any inhabitants. This means it can get into storage areas, damaging memories, photos, and other belongings irreparably.
- Getting into the walls of the house. If your basement has started growing mold, you should know that that mold can then grow onto support beams and up into the walls of the rest of the house.
- This can lead to foundational damage, making your house unstable and dangerous to live in. If not foundational damage, it can turn into a black mold problem within your walls, risking the health of everyone living within.
How to Waterproof
So, now that you know why waterproofing your basement windows is so important, now you might wonder, how is it done? It’s not a complicated process.
- First thing’s first, your basement windows will have a well made in front of them. This ensures that there’s space for water to get dealt with. Otherwise, it would be sitting up against the window and leaking in before it can be filtered away. The floor of the well will slope away from the building so that water won’t rest against the side of the house either.
- Next up, the well will be filled with gravel to ensure water won’t pool. It will, instead, filter through the gravel.
- A pipe will be installed at the base of the well. Once the water has filtered through the gravel, it will go into this pipe.
- The pipe at the base of your window well will lead to a weeping tile system.
- From there, all water will be ushered safely away from the house.
If your windows are leaking and you’d like some professional help, call us at POM Plumbing. We’ve got years of experience with window well waterproofing and we can get the job done right.