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big5

09:17AM | 11/22/03
Member Since: 11/21/03
3 lifetime posts
My basement window wells flood with water under heavy rain conditions. The water then seeps through the windows and down the cinder block basement walls. The window wells are covered with well covers. Downspouts are piped away from the foundation. The water appears to be coming up from below grade level. A ground level deck is over the windows. What can be done to remedy this situation? I am considering cindrblocking the window openings since they are not of much use.

plumber Tom

07:17PM | 11/22/03
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
If you have a french drain system, the window wells can be tied into it by drilling holes in the block and running PVC pipe. Blocking up the windows is not recommended.

big5

10:48AM | 11/23/03
Member Since: 11/21/03
3 lifetime posts
My concrete basement floor is not attached to the basement cinder block walls. A narrow trench exists between the walls and the floor. Is this what you mean by a french drain? I was considering removing the windows and cinder blocking the openings. What do you think?

plumber Tom

01:12PM | 11/23/03
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
Your concrete floor is called a "floater" floating slab. This gap you see is not a waterproofing system. Do you have a sump pump with pipe leading into the sump? If so then you can tie in the wells to this system. 2 problems with blocking up the windows. 1-can be a concern for ventilation 2-no light infiltration. Your basement will now be refered to as the "dungeon"

big5

03:36AM | 11/24/03
Member Since: 11/21/03
3 lifetime posts
My basement has provisions for a sump pump. There is a hole in the basement floor at the lowest corner in the basement, but I have no pump or plumbing since the basement is bone dry. The windows in question have a ground level deck over them, so not much light gets in. I do have two other windoe wells on the south side of the house that get plenty of light and are bone dry even without being covered.

stadry

05:26PM | 08/22/14
Member Since: 08/19/14
17 lifetime posts
drill a 2" hole thru the bsmt wall into the window well,,, mortar into that hole 1 1/2" pvc pipe,,, that should drain the w/w,,, extend the pipe to the hole in your floor, properly install a sump & pump,,, we use zoeller m-53 pumps exclusively,,, the slot between floor & wall is some bldr's idea of a drain,,, in truth, its the leftover space from a screed rail used to place the conc floor,,, after the floor was cured, the rail (wood) was removed & VOILA ! his idea of a slot drain


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