What the heck do I do with this flooding window well?!?

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  1. Oct 20, 2019 #1

    Billbill84

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    Should I get some clean gravel and refill it with that or put the dirt back in? I have a well cover but was also wondering because I'm not sure if leaving it dug out like that could cause some kind of damage?
     
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    Here there would have been a drain down to the perimeter drain and a column of gravel right up the the surface. leaving it open only changes the frost depth there in the winter. If you don't care about the window put a plywood lid over it
     
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    So I shouldn't leave the hole open then? If it changes that frost depth I don't want to take a chance and freeze up the perimeter drain. Before I dug it out a bit they had large rocks over the dirt
     
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    You could level out the bottom and lay some foam board in there. Some where there is a chart on how much you need for how much depth you are protecting. Here we have a frost depth of 18" and they replace that with 4" foam. They do that when they add a door and the drain is right below the landing at the bottom of stairs.
     

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