If you have a downspout that looks like this one you might want to give some serious consideration.
This downspout connects into an old clay weeping tile. These are prone to crack, deteriorate, and plug with debris and tree roots.
Can you imagine what could happen if this clay pipe fails during a heavy rain? It very likely would flood water right into this window well.
If the window well cannot drain the water away quickly enough, water will build up and fill the window well. Most old basement windows are far from water proof and will allow water to enter the basement.
When designing a new eavestrough system for this home every effort must be made to move this downspout to a new location. One that is safer and will not put your basement at risk of a flood. We have rectified situations like this in Scarborough and North York as well as other areas of Toronto. If the property allows try to keep downspouts away from window wells.
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