Waterproofing Egress Windows in Omaha | Basement Waterproofing
Egress Windows have a window well that conceals the window, keeps soil away and provides stairs to get out in case of an emergency. When that window well fills up with water, how do you clear it? Failure to do take action results in hydrostatic pressure build up. Over time, the water will win, resulting in softening of the foundation wall, the window leaking, and the basement becoming wet. Wet basements can cause serious problems. There are two solutions to protect your egress window in Omaha: cover it or drain it.
Cover Your Egress Window
The easiest solution is to cover the well with an egress window well cover. In order to find the perfect lid, you will have to find one that fits the type of well installed. It must cover the whole space and the edges tightly. The cover needs to keep out water as well as debris, leaves, trash, rodents and grass clippings from entering. The best cover material is clear polycarbonate that has been custom fitted to the well. Consulting an egress window professional is the best solution to finding the right cover for your egress window well.
Egress Window Drains
A egress window drain is another great option. Window wells need a drainage system to allow water to seep out without damaging the well or your home’s foundation wall. A properly installed and maintained drain system will always get the water out of the well. Egress window drains can be connected to existing foundation perimeter drains. Wells that don’t have a drain must install a separate system in order for the water to get out.
The best option is to install both a cover and a drainage system to prevent basement water leaks. This information holds true for snow too. Snow melts, causing the same potential problems. The basement or crawl space needs all the protection possible, and part of the process is making sure your egress windows get the care they deserve. For more information on basements, crawl spaces and egress windows contact us.