Wouldn’t outside basement window wells be a catch for water and cause leaks? 


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Basement window wells or area-ways have been a part of both residential and commercial construction for over a century. When people realized the value of the subterranean square footage and the need to provide natural light and ventilation, area-ways were created.

Will water naturally pool there and cause problems?

As long as A) the grade around the windows slopes away from them and does not invite additional surface water and, B) there is a drain in the bottom of the area-way, there would be no water issues there.

In houses, the drain in the bottom of the area-way should be directly connected to the footing drains that lead to the sump or a ditch. The floor of the area-way should be permeable material and kept clean of leaves and debris that might trap water. In winters with heavy snowfall, covers may be needed to keep snow from piling against the window unit.

Hopefully this helps your thinking.

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