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06:24PM | 10/30/02
Member Since: 10/29/02
2 lifetime posts
I bought my house 3 years ago and never had a water leak in the basement. The last couple storms we had i've noticed the carpet was wet under the window.It's seems that the window well is filling up and then leaking through the window.The well has a cover on it and the ground looks like it's graded enough away from the house,any ideas on how to keep the well from filling up or where the water is coming from??also do i have to replace the carpet or is there something to clean it to get the mold smell from it??

Jay J

03:13PM | 11/07/02
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi rickcrash,

The slope of the landscape may help prevent water from making its way to the well. I'm sure the water that's filling the well isn't falling directly into the well since it's covered. The landscape should slope 1" per foot for a minimum of 3' from the foundation.

Another idea is to lay in some filter fabric (not landscape fabric) in the well. Cover w/about 2" of 3/4" gravel. Then, install an OUTDOOR sump pump. Of course, there will be some piping, which can be bought and installed as 'flexible 2" piping', and it needs to be 'routed' somewheres. THis is what I have in my well and it, too, is covered. I get too much water from my uphill neighbor ...

My water makes its way via cracks along the foundation. You see, when the ground dries, the dirt 'separates' from the foundation just a little. Rain water makes its way to the separation and 'runs' along it into my well.

DO be aware of power outages. There are various systems out there if you go this route. Be sure you pump the water to a location that won't make its way BACK to the well! Make sure you meet the height requirements of the pump, as well as the piping distance. I just set my pump on top of the gravel and have it hooked up to a GFCI outlet outside. I live in SE PA so I see all kinds of weather.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!

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