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Closing the Gaps in Basement Windows

Our home has boarded up window openings in the basement. What should we do?

Gary,

Thanks for being part of the show and for your great comments – we appreciate both. Congratulations on your home purchase also!

In your basement you will want a high-quality window or glass block installed in those openings. If the space is ever going to be “finished” you may also want to consider installation of a good Weather Gard egress window.

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Window Wells – Do they cause leaks?

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

Dianne,

Good to hear from you.

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?

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Basement Window Wells

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

Dianne,

Good to hear from you.

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 ..read more

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