Do I need window well covers?
I have a century old house with brick basement walls. It seems at some point someone made some pressure treated plywood window well covers that are now falling apart. I am wondering if they are needed at all, if they are then they need replacing soon.
As far as i can tell the brick foundation has not been waterproofed on the exterior, and while i don’t have any bulk water issues i do have a fair amount of efflorescence. I have two windows with these window well covers, which have dirt inside them (no gravel or rocks) and i’m reasonably sure there is no gravel or drainage going down to the footings (if there are any footings at all) just regular dirt.
So i’m looking for suggestions on what to do, if i remove the covers it will dry out the areas they are covering which seem to stay very damp, the exposed mudsill is rather wet which i’m sure is not good for it. But weeds will probably start growing which is a concern.
Thanks in advance.
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