By nature, basements are susceptible to intrusion of water, particularly if they have windows. This is because windows make a good entry point for water and if a basement has one, then it becomes a weak spot. This is precisely why basement windows need not only be repaired, but also waterproofed. If your basement window is leaking, here are a few solutions you can use to your advantage.
Old windows are not the only ones that can leak: even new ones. To prevent that, ensure a positive slope goes round the foundation. The grade should slope facing away from the foundation. This will help channel the water away from your foundation wall, thus keeping it away from the basement.
Replace the window
Sometimes, a leak in a window occurs because the window itself is not standard or is damaged. The panes could get broken, or rusted or worn out. This is a common scenario with old windows that have wood or metal frames. New windows come with aluminum or vinyl frames which are more resistant to wear and tear.
When it comes to replacing your windows, there are a number of things you can consider doing. For instance, you can install an egress window or simply enlarge your window. And whether or not you are renovating your basement, enlarging the windows will be necessary when you do. Egress windows are a compulsory requirement where the basement is converted to a bathroom.
Replacing the window wells and enlarging the windows come in handy in that they both provide a good escape route in the event of fire. They also serve to allow more natural light into the basement. Egress windows should have a minimal opening of 5.7 square inches. The openings should be at least 24 inches high and 20 inches wide. They should have a maximum sill height of 44 inches. When having your windows replaced, ensure that they are waterproofed to prevent leakages in the future.
Caulk the window
If you are yet to caulk your basement window, you might want to get started on that. Caulking offers a simple solution to preventing windows from leaking. Keep in mind that if your window is already leaking for a while, the window frame may already be damaged and as such additional repairs may be necessary.
Install a window well
Window wells are curved pieces of steel often inserted with corrugate pipe. They are installed to block water from getting to the window area or better yet, drain it away from the grade. Consider putting some gravel into the window once it’s installed as well as a window well cover. The cover will prevent dirt and debris from accumulating on the window well.
Whichever solution you opt for, you should know that window leaks are not the type of issue to just go away. If not taken care of, basement window leaks get worse and soon you could be faced with a mold or mildew problem. Track the cause of the window leak and have a professional basement waterproofing company take care of it.