Every homeowner hopes that their basement window wells never flood. However, it is always good to be prepared. If left unattended for too long, the water can leak from your window well into your basement. What should you do when your window well floods?
Remove the water
Gather up your pump or bucket to remove the standing water from your window well as soon as possible. If you have the option, a wet/dry vacuum can also help speed up this process of removing water from your window wells. If the water is unmanageable, you may need to call your local water proofing company to carefully remove the water without causing any long term damage.
Check for damage
Once you've removed the water from your window well, check your foundation, windows, and well for any damages. Mud may have collected at the bottom of your window well preventing the drains from effectively working. Remove any noticeable clogs, repair any cracks, and caulk your basement window if needed.
After this event, you will most likely want to prevent your window wells from flooding in the future. The simplest way to prevent flooding in your window wells is to install a window well cover. A clear polycarbonate window well cover will block water from pooling up inside your well without blocking sunlight on sunny days.