Is your window well filling with water ?

Window well filling with water

Is your window well filling with water? What do you do?

Let’s figure out why your window well is flooding or already full of water in the first place. Answer these simple questions before you go any further!

  • Do you have proper drainage in place?
  • If you have a drain, is it possible that the drain is clogged?
  • Do you have a window well cover?
  • Is the cover installed in the proper way to prevent water from getting into your well?

Once you determine what is causing the problem, you can choose which solution is right for you. Here are a few options that will help you solve this issue.

What do I do when my window well is full of water? 

Even in the best of times, your preventive measures might fail. Then, quick reaction and speedy execution might mean the difference between a costly renovation and simply airing out your basement.

Remove Flood Water

Once the worst has happened, you have no time to fret. You need a pump to drain the water as soon as the weather conditions allow it. Depending on numerous factors but mostly on the quality of your window well, basement window and foundation insulation, you can use a wet/dry vacuum to remove the water or rent a pump to siphon off the water in your well.

In some cases, however, you will need to consult with professionals to get the water removed. Especially, if the fluids have penetrated your basement.

Remember, you need to act quickly before the mold sets in.

Inspect the Damage

Once the water is gone, you need to review the damage that has been inflicted on your home. In the best-case scenario, you will only have to pump water out of your well. Once done, you need to check the bottom of the well. Typically, a sludge of dirt and gravel forms there. It clogs the drainage holes and prevents water from safely exiting your well.

Once you remove the drain clog, you can start figuring out how the flood started.

Make sure your window well has proper drainage

Some newer homes have window well drains tied to the drainage tiles located either inside of the building. Most often, however, the drain goes out to the outside of the basement wall. If your window well does not have a drain system, this is the first and foremost issue you need to address.

What is a window well drain?

As with other drains, here we are talking about a system that allows excess water (most likely from heavy rain) to exit the premises without creating a flood hazard in your basement. There are several ways to add a drain system:

  • connecting it to an interior drain tile,
  • attaching it to an exterior drain tile,
  • taking advantage of the natural slope of the terrain (if it runs downwards from the base of the house)

IMPORTANT: Installing a window well drain is no simple feat. Please, consult professionals.

You have a window well drain? That’s always a good sign!

What to do if your window well is full of water because of a clogged drain?

One of the most common reasons for a properly installed well to flood your basement is a clogged drain. Not maintaining the window well drain properly can cause it to clog up. Remove any debris from the opening of the drain such as grass, trash, leaves, and weeds.

If the opening of the drain isn’t the problem, the issue could be underground. When this is the case, a professional may need to be involved.

In some cases, installing a completely new window well drain system may be a more cost-effective option. Whether the current drain can be fixed or a new one is needed, make sure you add cleaning the window well drains to your home maintenance list!

Another way to keep debris from coming in and clogging the window well is getting a properly fitting window well cover.

Window well covers & Window wells

The easiest way to keep your window well drain unclogged is by installing a quality window well cover. It will prevent excessive water, debris, and even small animals from getting into your window well and causing problems.

All our covers are made to last – all our designs come with an extended warranty. The sloped, flat and bubble covers actually have a LIFETIME WARRANTY.

You also don’t have to stress about the cover turning yellow from the sun. Our covers are made with virtually unbreakable Polycarbonate and are treated with a UV film to prevent this!

To accommodate any well, we have numerous cover designs for you to choose from:

  • low-profile covers for unobtrusive protection
  • dome-style covers for larger wells that need a steeper slope to lead the water away from the base of the house. They are also the perfect solution for casement or crank-out basement windows that open into the well.
  • custom solutions for more “unusual” cases.
  • metal grates for wells in high-traffic areas or where non-stop air ventilation is required
  • combination covers – plastic on the top, aluminum mesh on the sides for a best-of-both-worlds solution to your window well-flooding problem.

Custom Window Well Cover

Custom Window Well Covers


Atrium Dome Window Well Covers


Super Slant Window Well Covers

Bubble window well cover for elongated well. Sized 60 x 24 x 16. The cover comes with lifetime warranty.

Bubble Window Well Cover

For these covers, you will need to make sure that theyt fit your window well exactly for a proper seal.

No matter what size your well is, we have a cover to match it!

Our covers are tailored to fit many different wells such as metal, plastic, stone, wood, concrete, or composite. This gives you peace of mind knowing that water won’t be collecting inside the well.

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Metal Elongated Window Wells

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Composite/Plastic Window Wells

Window, Stonewall Well, Ladder Installed

Decorative stone window well

White Metal Window Well

White Metal Well

How to keep your window wells from filling up with water

  • Make sure your well is installed by professionals and has a proper drainage system.
  • Clean your drains often, small items like leaves and garbage find their way down the drain and can cause clogging!
  • To keep your window well dry, make sure to look into a window well cover that fits your well perfectly!
  • Invest in a quality basement window, too. If push comes to shove, you need to be certain that your basement window and well will withstand the water pressure until you can get a pump to drain the water.

Regular Maintenance Tips for Window Wells:

Check for Cracks and Leaks:

Inspect your window well periodically for any cracks or signs of wear. Even small cracks can lead to water seepage during heavy rainfall or snowmelt. Seal any cracks promptly to prevent water from entering your basement.

Monitor the Surrounding Landscape

Keep an eye on the landscaping around your window wells. Over time, soil erosion or shifting ground can cause the window well to become misaligned or lose its proper drainage angle. Adjust the surrounding soil as needed to ensure proper water runoff away from the window well.

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to overflowing water, which may end up pooling around your window wells. Regularly clean your gutters and downspouts to prevent debris buildup and ensure efficient water flow away from your home’s foundation.

Install a Sump Pump

Consider installing a sump pump in your basement if you frequently experience flooding or water accumulation. A sump pump can help remove excess water from your basement, including any water that may enter through your window wells during heavy rainfall.

Landscaping Solutions

Strategic landscaping can also help mitigate water issues around your window wells. For example, adding a gentle slope away from your home or installing French drains can redirect water away from your window wells and basement.

Professional Inspection and Maintenance

Periodically schedule a professional inspection of your window wells and drainage system. A trained professional can identify any potential issues early on and recommend appropriate maintenance or repairs to prevent flooding and water damage.


By taking proactive measures to maintain your window wells and address any issues promptly, you can prevent water accumulation, protect your home from water damage, and ensure a safe and healthy living environment for you and your family. Remember to prioritize regular maintenance, invest in quality drainage solutions, and seek professional assistance when needed to safeguard your home against flooding and water-related issues.

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