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Old 04-01-2015, 05:27 PM   #1
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Window Well Pulling Away From Foundation

I just completed a new build where I had an egress window system installed into the foundation. The window buck came with the window and window well. I installed the window well and had all of the pre-installed screws into the window well all tightened down prior to backfilling. Naturally I had about 3-4" of settling as I had expected. Now the window well is pulling away from the buck by about 3/4" at the top. The window well is still secured to the screws holding it in place, but the sheet metal is pretty much just pulling through the screws.

I am not sure what I should do to fix it other than digging it out. If I do that, then I am just looking at it happening again as the newly backfilled soil will have to settle again.

If it doesn't move anymore, I am not really worried about it, but the new home owner is planning to landscape around it and getting ready to do final grading, sprinkler and sod.

Any advice to repair this, particularly without excavating it would be appreciated.
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:30 PM   #2
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Re: Window Well Pulling Away From Foundation

I would dig it up, backfill it with washed stone wrapped in filter cloth.

Anything else is a gamble.


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Old 04-02-2015, 04:47 PM   #3
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Re: Window Well Pulling Away From Foundation

I've done many of these egress windows. They are stupid if you ask me. For the cost of them you are better off putting in a precast concrete bilco unit. That way at least you can use it. Anyhow, every one I did I backfilled around them all the way down to the footer will gravel.
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Old 04-03-2015, 09:40 AM   #4
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Re: Window Well Pulling Away From Foundation

My theory is that I backfilled before winter, before it had time to settle. After the frost hit, the ground settled, pulling the window well with it.

I will dig it out and re-fasten it to the foundation.
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Old 04-03-2015, 10:11 AM   #5
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x2 what Rino said, you cannot beat precast wells or precast bilco doors, just designed one for a customer and they love it.
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