How To Deal With Leaky Basement Windows
Basement windows can transform a dark, dungeon-like space underneath your home into a perfect place to live or play. It lets in much-needed sunlight, making the space more enjoyable and welcoming. Unfortunately, windows can also play a part in some of the leaking you encounter in your basement. Water may enter from rainfall, snowfall, or clogged window well drains, causing more grief than anything.
A properly constructed window will not let water into the home, so if your windows are leaking in any way, it’s time to do some repairs. It might not be that obvious at first, though, so here are a few things that will help you spot damage and problems with your windows.
Keep Your Window Well Clean
Uncovered window wells can quickly gather dirt, leaves, and precipitation, making the drain work less efficiently. It’s always wise to check in from time to time and make sure it’s working properly, but better yet, get a window well cover. Something made from fiberglass will still let the sunlight in but won’t let debris in, allowing it to operate smoothly.
Check Your Gutters
It seems strange to inspect your gutters when you’re having problems with your basement, but clean gutters are key to draining water out and away from the base of your home. If your gutters are clogged up with twigs and leaves, then water will simply pour out of them at any point—and even directly down to your basement windows. A good gutter cleaning every season will rule out this problem easily.
Caulking can help if your window pane doesn’t exactly match up with the frame. Remove old caulking before you attempt to put on a fresh coat, and opt for one that is waterproof and will stand up to the elements. A bonus to this is that you’ll also have less airflow in and out of the window when it’s closed, leading to lower energy bills.
Replace Broken Panes
Without a doubt, broken window panes will let water in. You can choose a sealant or tape for a temporary fix, but the most effective way to keep moisture out will be replacing the window pane.
Inspect Your Windows Closely
Go ahead and take a good, hard look at your windows. How old are they? What are they constructed from? Older windows made from wood will decay over time, leading to leaks. Consider updating your windows to double paned vinyl windows that will be impermeable to water and won’t decay that easily against rain, wind, and snow.
If you’re looking for ways to keep your home moisture-free, call AA Action Waterproofing today for more information about how we can help keep your basement safe and dry. 888-922-5517