Asked by: Boubker Burkheiser
asked in category: General Last Updated: 7th March, 2020

What is window well used for?

Window wells allow windows to be used by escaping occupants and emergency crews attempting to enter the house; to prevent moisture damage to basement windows that are at or below grade.

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Considering this, what is the purpose of a window well?

The purpose of a metal window well is to provide light into the basement when the window is located below the grade of the home. If your home design includes this feature, a solution may be to install a cover for your metal window well.

do window wells need drains? Window Well Drain – Every window well should have a drain to allow water to exit the window well and not build to a level that creates a basement seepage problem. Drains can be connected to interior or exterior drain tile or can be run to daylight where a proper slope exists.

Then, do I need window wells?

Quick answer: If you have a basement window that is fully or partially below grade, you will need a window well to prevent leaking and help bring in light. If the basement window is in a habitable room, then you will need a window well and window that conforms to IRC Building Code emergency egress requirements.

What should a window well look like?

A window well is a U-shaped, ribbed metal or plastic product available in most home hardware stores. It's designed to fit around basement windows, providing a space between the window and the surrounding earth to allow light into sub-grade structures.

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