Mark this one down as another of those happy accidental discoveries. While living in a rental home we had a leaky basement window. The window leaked every time it rained or when snow melted off the roof. The window should not have leaked because it was located in a sheltered corner.
But as usual, one problem leads to another. The rain gutter above the window leaked making a drip right in front of the window. The dripping water splattered on the cement splashing against the window. So, the window leaked. My evil landlord would not repair the gutter or the window.
To most folks the window leak was just a drip down the basement wall but to me it was a crisis. I had great plans for a model railroad along that particular wall. The plans for my miniature railroad empire did not include a waterfall.
One day as I was strolling through my favorite building supply store I tripped over one of those clear plastic shields that are made to cover basement window wells. These pesky plastic pieces had spilled out into the walkway just to catch my attention. Well I had a basement window problem and here was the answer right at me feet so to speak. Clearance sale and marked down the sign said. Sold I said.
As I was pushing the clear plastic water shield into place, I thought this also shields the window from the cold winter wind. I was extra careful getting it positioned just right. I added some decorative garden weights to hold it in place. They are other wise known as rocks.
The window stopped leaking and the shield deflects the attack of wind, snow and icicles to help keep the house warm.
Clear plastic shields can be used to keep leaves and stuff out of your basement window wells. They also save energy by letting light in and shielding the window from the cold weather.
Make sure you get a window well cover that is strong enough that some big kid, like me, can jump up and down on it with out falling into the window well.
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