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Old 03-25-2012, 03:07 PM   #16
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Absolutely NOT.

- Put in short window wells, 12" are typically the shortest you'll find.
- Bring in good soil (I prefer a clay-topsoil mix, and it's easy to find here) that will compact relatively tight.
Sounds good to me,I thought about the window well,OP will gain a lot of room for grade.

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how would a window well help since no water is coming in around it and my window is above grade level?
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Old 03-25-2012, 05:26 PM   #18
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thats for the advice, where in wisc do u live? im from wi, in hartland/merton. those steps are all things i had in mind and will try. i hope that will fix the problem. hopefully just a small problem, nothing major, thanks
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how would a window well help since no water is coming in around it and my window is above grade level?
It would allow you to raise the grade several inches without having to bury the window, which could potentially leak, take away extra light, etc....
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how would a window well help since no water is coming in around it and my window is above grade level?
you can see darkness around the inside of that window currently.

a window well would get the water from the outside of the window forced down at least the depth of the window well.

the first and easiest thing to do would have been cutting the 12" off the downspout and attaching the extension there.
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you can see darkness around the inside of that window currently.

a window well would get the water from the outside of the window forced down at least the depth of the window well.

the first and easiest thing to do would have been cutting the 12" off the downspout and attaching the extension there.
ya im going to do that before tuesday, its suppose to rain. that is easy done hundreds of downspouts before.

just an idea, if i took a tarp and covered that area and pitched it away from the house i shouldnt get anywayter correct? the front yard about 15-20ft from the extention drops down alot into a ditch so that is nice
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i cut the downspout down and put it a window well. i tried to grade a little bit quickly, took me about 25 min to do it all so no big deal if it doesnt work. i tried building it up in the corner and pitch it away, i know this probably wont fix the problem but i only had less than a hr to do anything tonight and its going to rain alot tomarrow, so we shall see. i went to menards for a longer extention but my lucky day, they didnt have any left!
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it rained out this morning, it rained pretty good, not hard but pretty consistant for a hr or so and i didnt have a drop of water in the basement! i'll see what happens next time it pours out though. im sure there will be water then
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Looking good,you may wish to fill up the inside of the window well with dirt to the bottom of the glass block.
And on the outside of the well I would raise the grade to the top of the well,I think your water problems will be gone,if not the next step will be to look into that brick cap,but I don't think you will need to do that.
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Looking good.you are certainly going in the right direction.
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Looking good,you may wish to fill up the inside of the window well with dirt to the bottom of the glass block.
And on the outside of the well I would raise the grade to the top of the well,I think your water problems will be gone,if not the next step will be to look into that brick cap,but I don't think you will need to do that.
thanks, yea i know i just didnt have time to do that that night but i will, i hope it works next time it pours out! i looked over the cap and caulked any possible leaking points. so far so good!
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i forgot to mention that alot of times when it doesnt rain the bottom block seems to be holding water as you can see. would it be a bad idea to take a hammer drill and drill a 5/32 hole into the block to let or see if the water will come out?
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No you DO NOT want to drill holes into your clock.
Concentrate on one thing at a time.
I think once you get things graded out around your house the problems will go away.
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No you DO NOT want to drill holes into your clock.
Concentrate on one thing at a time.
I think once you get things graded out around your house the problems will go away.
ok thanks, i wasnt sure if it would be a big deal or not to get the water out of there, i wont do it then
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how would a window well help since no water is coming in around it and my window is above grade level?
The purpose of a window well is to keep the soil from caving in around the window when you build up the soil above window level.

A window well does not have a bottom, the ground on the inside remains below window level and bare.

The only significance of having the window well sides go below the level of the window is because the window well comes in a one size (height) fits all and you position it vertically to look good which is with the rim at or just a few inches above the ground outside it.
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well we finally got rain since i put the window well in, cut the downspout caulked flashing and siding and did a half a-- job of grading but no water in the basement at all!!!!!! i walked outside and even 6 inches away to from the house is dry too!! i hope i may have fixed it. we will see when we get downpours, i know i have to still do a lot of grading and finish it but thats definetly a good sign just by those small fixes it may have fixed it already

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