We are planning on replacing our old original steel window well. New
one will have more depth (48") than present well (12"), so we can
raise it higher off the ground, allowing better ground slope away from
foundation. Started digging out the old well & what I assumed would be
6-12" of topstone. Kept digging, and digging & finally stopped
after going down into at least 2 plus feet of stone. I've dug out a
few wells in my time & have never seen one completely filled with
stone. Always have run into several inches of topstone & assorted
debris, then dirt underneath.
This is a 1940s home in Wisconsin & should mention that only time old
well leaked was result of ground water flooding over rim, going
through the basement window. We believe our landscaping plan will
address that issue. My Question: Was it common practice at one time to
fill window wells entirely with stone? Isn't it better to pack dirt
into well,so is tight against the foundation wall and then top off
with a foot or so of stone?
Quite true. Nowadays however, with the McfreakingMansions being built
throughout the Wisc. countryside, the cows are kept inside the
spacious 3-4-5 car garages....
What is so serious about this matter that requires a pro to address?
Water has never leaked through the foundation, only via the basement
window when well was flash-flooded by ground water per a 2 day 5-7"
I would pack It then top It off like your latter plan of the 2 then make sure
you got good guttering to help catch the water and grade the dirt so you have
good run off away from foundation walls.glad to help you.
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