Window Wells & Covers to Prevent Flooding Basements in Kansas City Homes

Window Wells & Covers to Prevent Flooding Basements in Kansas City Homes

window well with positive grading

Properly installed window well
with positive grading

Basement windows are often a weak point in the home’s defence against moisture. Window wells can help in a number of ways. For one, they are likely to improve the drainage around the window to ensure that the windows last longer. And they can help route water to the foundation drainage system, rather than in through the framing or the window itself.

window well schematic showing water diversion

Window well covers diverting water away
from foundation (courtesy ICLR, 2009)

Install window wells around all windows that are close to, or below the lot’s surface. Installation of a window well should also include a drainage layer that extends to the weeping tile. Proper lot grading around window wells is also important, as is consideration for window well covers for particularly flood prone window wells.