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.
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).
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
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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