Basement rust is often a sign of a water seepage problem. When the rust occurs on your basement’s window wells, you know you have a leakage problem.
Window wells are a vital part of the basement. They not only allow light into the basement but also encourage proper ventilation of the space. However, window wells can be the sight of water seepage problems in basements. It is therefore important to pay close attention to the state of your window wells.
Repairing Rusty Window Wells
Basement rust on window wells results from the corrosion of the metallic frame of the window. This is often the result of the collection or leakage of water into the window well from snow or rain.
It is important to contact a professional contractor when repairing window wells. This is important to ensure that the repair is done properly and to avoid further issues arising. It is also important to ensure that the root cause of the development of the rust e.g. improper drainage of water, can be addressed.
The repair involves:
- Installing drains in the window well
The repair of rusty window wells begins with addressing the underlying cause of the rust. In many cases, rusty windows result from the pooling of water in the window well. This can be resolved by installing drains in the window well to guide water away from the window well and your foundation.
- Installing a window well cover
One of the best ways to ensure that your rusty problem doesn’t recur is by preventing water and debris from collecting in the window well. You can do this by preventing their entry completely with a window well cover. This will keep snow, rain, debris and wind out of the window well and keep your windows safe from damage.
- Correcting downspouts and cleaning cutters
It is also important to address surface drainage issues, such as downspouts and blocked gutters. Blocked surface drains, poorly installed downspouts or blocked gutters can result in runoff water collecting at the foundation of your home. This will not only result in rusting of your window well but also other foundation seepage problems.
- Repairing or replacing the leaky windows
If the windows are severely damaged, they ought to be replaced. However, if the damage is only on the surface, the rust can be scraped off and the windows restored.
Basement rust shouldn’t be ignored. It is often a sign of a much deeper problem and should be addressed as soon as possible. Contact us today for more information!