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Question DetailsAsked on 9/30/2014

looking for someone in Milwaukee area to replace basement window well covers with a quality and tight fit

simple, in ground basement wells, not egress, that need to have new covers. Looking for someone who can do a quality fit with a quality product, not looking for a Home depot product. Would like something more substantial and can be lifted quickly for easy cleaning. Have 4 window wells to cover.

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My recommendation if you are at all home handy - get a plastic cover (MacCourt makes many see samples at or go to their website) and mount it with lead or plastic insert-type wall anchors with sheet metal screws and large washers to allow for easy removal, some foam weatherstrip tape at the wall and rubber bulb seal strip at the window well interface. You can probably do all 4 for the price of having a contractor do one. The large washers, I use rubber plumbing washers under galvanized metal washers, is critical to avoid cracking the cover at the holes.

You mention wanting to be able to clean out the well - but if it fits tightly and overlaps the window well, unless you have overflow of the window well itself (which means redirect drainage in that area away from the wells or build a dike around the well), you should not have to clean them out at all, because nothing will be getting in there.

If you meant cleaning the cover, the rigidly mounted ones can be cleaned from inside the window with a sponge or wet rag on a stick, and the outside cleaned from the outside, without moving it.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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