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Question DetailsAsked on 10/14/2013

How much to dig out basement window well?

I have 3 basement windows that I am going to have cut out. But first I need the window wells dug. Do I go with a general excavator or is there someone more specialized for this? Or do I find someone who is willing to dig it out with a shovel? What do you think the cost would be for this job. There are no utility lines to content with (but obviously I'll call them to come mark them just in case).

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If the windows are being put in by a general contractor, he can easily handle the window wells too.

If you were looking for a window installer to do the windows, they might or might not do the window wells as well - some do, some do not. A small one-man excavation company can do this excavation, as can a handyman as it just takes about 1/2-1 hour shovel work per window in normal soil conditions, because the soil around the foundation is already pretty loose from foundation constructiuon (as a rule). Just be sure they pour concrete in the bottom to keep water from coming under the well, and that it is firmly fastened to the foundation and liberally asphalt sealed at the interface with the concrete - not just caulked at the edge, but mastic-coated on cleaned concrete BEFORE the window well in installed and concrete poured in the bottom.

(Note - the concrete depends on soil conditions and water level - if your soil is pretty free draining and groundwater level never comes up to bottom of window well, then a gravel bed in the bottom is best so it stays dry - but if groundwater rises that high or you are in real impermeable soil like clay, then concrete works best. If concrete bottom is used, you probably want to have the clear acrylic window well cover put on too to keep water and frogs and such out. Of course, if this is an emergency egress window, you cannot put the plastic covers over it legally.

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