No one likes to deal with water seepage especially when it comes to the basement. Basements repair can be expensive and cumbersome. However, with some luck you won’t have to invest in intense repair of your foundation.
If you have basement windows and are experiencing water seepage in your basement, the windows should be one of the first places you inspect. It is not uncommon for windows to allow leaks into the basement especially in the spring. This is even more common in older homes with basements. Basements of old homes were not constructed as living spaces. They were storage spaces at best. The windows are therefore not designed to withstand the elements like those installed in modern houses.
Leakage through basement windows is common especially if they are worn out. This doesn’t mean that you should leave the situation unattended. Water in the basement comes with various health risks.
If you want to avoid water seepage through your basement windows, consider the following tips:
Inspect your windows
Windows often show signs of leaking after the cold winter months. Be sure to inspect your windows for leaks as well as for wear and tear. Look for water stains around the windows and the walls below the windows.
If your windows are worn out, consider having them replaced. Ensure that you contact a professional specialized in the replacement of basement windows. This is because basement windows aren’t like the rest of the windows in your home. There are many more factors to consider when selecting and installing these windows.
If your windows are still in good condition but showing some wear along the edges, consider caulking the windows. This will keep water out. Choose a caulking agent that is water resistant and can withstand changing conditions e.g. temperature changes in summer and winter. Caulking should be done on the exterior and interior of the window.
Clean window wells
If your windows are below grade, they most probably have a window well. Window wells can become clogged with leaves and other debris. This debris needs to be cleared to allow for proper draining of the window well. Consider purchasing a window well cover to prevent more debris from falling into the window well.
If your window well is clear and the window continues to leak, you should consider having a vertical drain installed. Consult a waterproofing contractor to advise you on the best drainage design for your window well.