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Water can find its way to the inside of your basement through small cracks around the windows. Besides being aesthetically unappealing, leaky windows can cause mold and mildew.

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Basement windows bring in light inside this otherwise damp and dark area. That’s its main use and an important one. However, there are also downsides to having windows down there. Windows can become compromised by the settling of the soil beneath the home, which in turn can create cracks around them. This then becomes a source of leaks.  

It’s best to get in touch with professionals to address these leaks before they become a source of damaging floods and expenses. Start with a home inspection that will determine the source of the issue and address the structural problem first and then fix the window. 

The Importance of Fixing Leaking Windows  

The water that’s coming in from the leaking window can cause a variety of problems. As is the case with any flooding, leaking windows can cause basement damage, especially to parts of your home that are made out of wood. It can also damage the property that you have stored down there, including carpets, furniture, and anything else that you don’t want to get soaked. 

That’s however, just the first level of damage you’ll be facing. A leaking window can also be a sign of a more serious issue since the question remains what caused the leak in the first place. That can be a sign of issues with the structural integrity of your basement and your home in general. Finding what has caused the leak is therefore the first thing you should do. 

What Causes Basement Windows to Leak?  

Basement windows are exposed to a lot of water during the year. That’s partly due to rainfall and partly to how window wells are positioned. If a window isn’t perfectly placed and there are small cracks around the window frame, it will become leaky. What a homeowner needs to do is to find the source of this shifting and cracks.  

Common Causes Behind Basement Window Damage   

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The most common cause of window leaks is therefore hydrostatic pressure. There are other causes as well and these include errors during home construction or window installation, freezes, and pipe and HVAC system damage.   

Sometimes, a small issue such as poor grading can cause the window to be damaged and start to leak. The grading around your yard is very important since it’s one of the ways to easily divert the water from the home and thus lower the amount of hydrostatic pressure you’re dealing with. It’s a minor addition to your home but it presents a big difference in the long run.  

Preventing Window Leaks  

Professionals working in your area can help you not only repair your leaky windows but also prevent them from happening in the first place. That’s a preferable option when you take into account the cost of the repairs and the damage that can be caused by water leaking into the basement.   

You’ll need to keep in mind that no waterproofing is perfect and it doesn’t last forever. Whatever barrier or device you use may get damaged by water or simply by day-to-day usage. Ask the professionals installing the devices how long their lifespan is and when you should think about replacing them so that you don’t lose the protection they provide. 

What Can We Do to Fix the Issue? 

Leaky windows are a symptom of another potentially more damaging problem. The key to fixing a leaky window is therefore to find the root problem that has caused the leak in the first place. The best course of action is to contact FMS and schedule a free inspection.  

Our team of experts will examine the home and find out what’s causing the windows to leak. They will suggest a course of action and the necessary fixes to remove the cause of the leak, therefore leaving the homeowner to repair the window itself. Our structural solutions come with a long-term transferable warranty and use the most innovative techniques for easy and durable repairs.  

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Basement windows are exposed to a lot of water during the year. That’s partly due to rainfall and partly to how window wells are positioned. If a window isn’t perfectly placed and there are small cracks around the window frame, it will become leaky. What a homeowner needs to do is to find the source of this shifting and cracks. 

Common Causes Behind Basement Window Damage  

The most common cause of window leaks is therefore hydrostatic pressure. There are other causes as well and these include errors during home construction or window installation, freezes, and pipe and HVAC system damage.  

Sometimes, a small issue such as poor grading can cause the window to be damaged and start to leak. The grading around your yard is very important since it’s one of the ways to easily divert the water from the home and thus lower the amount of hydrostatic pressure you’re dealing with. It’s a minor addition to your home but it presents a big difference in the long run. 

Preventing Window Leaks 

Professionals working in your area can help you not only repair your leaky windows but also prevent them from happening in the first place. That’s a preferable option when you take into account the cost of the repairs and the damage that can be caused by water leaking into the basement.  

You’ll need to keep in mind that no waterproofing is perfect and it doesn’t last forever. Whatever barrier or device you use may get damaged by water or simply by day-to-day usage. Ask the professionals installing the devices how long their lifespan is and when you should think about replacing them so that you don’t lose the protection they provide.

Many homeowners want to do their own repairs to avoid the extra cost and mess that comes with having a repair crew in your home. This is admirable but it’s not always applicable since there are repairs that an average homeowner can’t and shouldn’t do. Fixing a window that’s leaking is a complex repair and even if it’s up your alley, fixing the cause of the leak should be left to the experts. 

Consider the Cost   

Fixing a leaking basement window without a professional there to guide you can be an expensive exercise. Even if you don’t have to dig around your yard, which is sometimes the case, there are still plenty of things that can go wrong and cause you to give up and hire an expert. This usually happens when you figure out the scope of the structural damage. 

There are also many special tools and materials that you’ll need to use to fix the window. These can put a dent in your budget and it’s easier for a professional to get them at a better price and thus lower your bill. In some cases, however, these simply can’t be bought over the counter and there’s nothing you can do to find them. When that happens, you’ll 

be better off calling in the experts. In the long run, the DIY option may even be more expensive due to the price of these items. 

Consider Your Time  

If you haven’t fixed a damaged window before, you may not know what’s at stake and how to approach the project. That means that it may take a long time for you to figure out what the issue is and how to address it. All of these setbacks will make the repairs last longer and take up more of your time.  

Our crew has enough members to handle any leaky window project. When you’re doing a DIY repair, you’re on your own most of the time and the whole process will be slower and less effective. Comparatively, it may be better to hire experts that have assessed the issues in the first place and to use their services. All things considered, it will end up being faster, less expensive and you can rest assured that it was done right.

Reach out to the Experts from Foundation Systems of Michigan 

If you’re struggling with leaking windows, you should contact our team to inspect your home and find the source of the problem. In a lot of cases, the root cause of leaking windows will be structural issues with your foundation and with the soil beneath it. Our team offers a free inspection and provides you with a quote that doesn’t oblige you to use our services. 

 Our team of professionals uses top-of-the-line techniques to keep your basement dry and we offer a long-term transferable warranty on our work. There’s a transparent pricing plan that you can study and we offer a variety of payment options as well.  

When there’s an underlying structural problem, you’ll do well to hire a team of experts that will address it head-on rather than just fix the leaks, which are merely a symptom of a larger problem.

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