# Window Well Flooding

I have a window well that will fill up with water during infrequent heavy rainstorms and flood my basement.
I put a small marine pump in the bottom with a one-way valve and a hose and it pumps fairly well but can't discharge at a fast enough rate to keep the well drained.
It is a tight fit so I'm reluctant to try fitting in a bigger pump - the more traditional sump pump. I'm thinking about sealing the window on the outside with Plexiglas and sealer.
Please offer any ideas you have.
Thanks
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Bob wrote:

The best solution is to gravity drain the window well away from the house. Is that possible?
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Joseph E. Meehan

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Not only drain it away but removing dirt and filling it with gravel. There are plastic clear covers avalaible.
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simply put, you need to stop the water from getting there in the first place.
randy

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What about one of those clear bubble covers; assuming the flooding is from direct rain.

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DS wrote:

DS makes a good point. I was assuming that the water coming in was from direct rain, and of course the bubble could help. However if the water is flowing in from outside, that is a different problem.]
If the water if flowing in, re-grading is needed. Water should flow away from a home in ALL directions for at least 15 feet (20 is more gooder).
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Joseph E. Meehan

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My gutters get overwhelmed in very heavy rains and then dump water off the ends into a depressed area that fills the window well from the sides, not the top so covers don't help although they are in place.
There is a large tree with ground roots that I will remove and order a load of dirt to re-grade the area away from the house foundation and window well. I also have a covered patio that has had the dirt underneath it eroded over time (also a family of foxes dug a den there several times) so I need to fill in under there since it is another low point next to the house. Or I might call in a mud jacker to fill it.
New larger gutters and drains would also help.
However, I am probably to paranoid to leave it at that and will install a larger sump pump.
The last two heavy rains I ended up outside bailing water out of the window well to keep from going in the basement. It's not a lot of fun when you are soaking wet, cold, muddy, and tired of bailing water.
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Bob wrote:

It looks like you have a good plan. I believe it will work and hopefully you will not need that larger sump pump.

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Joseph E. Meehan

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Kwicher Komplainin...
I have a friend who had a skunk get stuck in his window well.
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