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Old 08-09-2011, 01:11 PM   #1
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Water Coming in Through Basement Window Wells


So, I have water coming in through my basement windiw wells when the sprinklers are running. After investigating the issue, it seems as if water is coming in through the brick wall and dripping down to the windows (on the inside of the house) where it can make it's way into the house. There aren't any noticeable cracks in the mortar or the bricks.

I was thinking I should correct the issue by:

1. Adjusting the sprinklers so they aren't spraying the house.

2. Sealing all windows (with silicone or mortar sealant) to strengthen window seal

3. Applying a brick / mortar sealer to the wall of the house

Does this path forward make sense? Any other advice?

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Sprinklers should be spraying away from the house, never towards it.
The ground should be graded away from the wells.
That's all you should need.
If water fills the well, no sealant will keep it from coming into the window.

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They do make various types of clear covers for window wells. Some are decent, some are not.
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Sprinklers should be spraying away from the house, never towards it.
The ground should be graded away from the wells.
That's all you should need.
If water fills the well, no sealant will keep it from coming into the window.
Ron,

Thanks for your response. I don't think I articulated the issue clearly. I don't have window wells. The windows are flush with the brick, there isn't a well on the outside. But, the water is coming into the basement through the window areas in the basement.

I can adjust the sprinklers so they aren't spraying the house but I'm worried that rainstorms or weather may cause issues down the road. Shouldn't there be a flashing or something above the windows to direct water away from the windows if the bricks absorb it?
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Well, quit trying to water the house. It will not make it grow any bigger. Bad thing is, the water as you have seen, is causing problems. Even if you do get the window wells, you still need to adjust the sprinklers, so that over all, you do not cause structural problems, from the water.
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"So, I have water coming in through my basement windiw wells when the sprinklers are running"
That's what I read. I only know one language, so I know it pretty well.
Why don't you post some photos so I can see what you have. It will be quicker and more accurate.
Stand back about 8 feet and do a straight on shot and one along the wall, parallel to the window.

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