Windows in the basement are great — sometimes. They add light and make your basement living space seem less like a dungeon. In some cases, they provide a necessary and legal egress from the home in case of an emergency. But if your basement window is leaking, it may be more of a problem than a feature.
Leaky basement windows introduce water into your basement, which can destroy your carpet, walls, and property. It also creates mold and mildew, a dank and musty smell, and even can create problems with your home’s foundation over time. A leaking basement window is no joke, and it’s important for people to learn to seal a basement window correctly.
A proper window seal will help stop both air and water leaks. The seal around any window will degrade over time and need replacing, but this is especially true for basement windows that are often dealing with groundwater and potential foundation shifts that affect the shape of the window.
Sealing a basement window is relatively simple, requires no major tools, and takes around 10 minutes per window.
Sealing basement windows will help prevent unwanted water and air from entering your home. Proper sealing will not stop window leaks permanently, however. If the grade of the ground or problems with the window well continue to direct water to the window, the seal will break down again. Often this happens because a building’s foundation shifts over time.
Basement Repair Specialists installs high-quality replacement basement windows, including glass block windows. These glass block windows are available with vent ports, dryer vent attachments, and come in clear, frosted or wave patterns. They are mortared into place, and prevent leakage and the entry of insects and pests, and have great insulative qualities.
Leaky windows that allow water into basements can create many other problems for your footings and foundation. They also decrease your home’s energy efficiency and make you vulnerable to outdoor vermin entering the house. While window sealing is an excellent temporary or short-term solution, should you find yourself needing a more comprehensive fix, contact Basement Repair Specialists for a consultation.
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