If you live in a split-level home, you likely have window wells for windows on your lower level. These wells help you get more light through the windows in your partially underground rooms. But those wells need routine care and maintenance if you want to fully protect your windows and your home from damage. Here are a few key tasks you’ll want to take care of before fall is in full swing.
Inspect Your Frames
The windows in your window wells are no different from the windows on the upper levels of your home. This means you’ll still want to inspect the frames and make sure they’re in good condition before doing anything else with your windows or your window wells. Look for gaps between the frames and the sides of your home. If you see any shifting or notice water stains on the frames themselves, get them inspected by a professional. You may need to repair the frames before winter starts to fully protect your home.
Clean the Windows and Window Wells Thoroughly
As the days get shorter, you’ll want to maximize the amount of natural light you get each day. The best way to do that is to clean your windows thoroughly. Unfortunately, cleaning the windows inside wells can be difficult without the right training and equipment. Instead of doing it on your own, hire a residential window cleaning team and let them handle the chore for you. Once your windows are clean, your basement and lower-level rooms should feel brighter even in lower light conditions.
Create a Plan for Snowfall
Like it or not, window wells can fill with snow quickly. When this happens, you’ll get less light as long as the snow is sitting against your home. And that snow will melt against the side of your house, putting your lower levels at risk of water damage. Make a plan for snow removal. Consider installing covers over your window wells so you won’t have to dig snow out when it collects. If you’re not comfortable with the idea of window well covers, be ready to shovel out snow throughout the winter months.
Replace Damaged Components as Needed
Even minor damage can lead to serious problems down the line. If you notice anything wrong with your windows or window wells, now is the time to get it fixed. Replace or repair what you can as soon as you can. This will help you keep your home more comfortable during the winter months and may even keep your utility costs lower.
Keep Your Windows Looking and Working Great
Window wells help brighten your basement rooms but they’re not something you should ignore during the winter months. As long as you follow these tips this fall, you’ll set yourself up for success once the snow starts to fall. Ready to give your windows a little TLC before the cooler weather comes around? Schedule an appointment with Reflection Windows and Doors. Our team can help with everything from cleaning your windows to replacing them entirely.