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Enhancing the Safety of a Home in Newark, OH, With an Egress Window System

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 by Holly Richards-Purpura


When a basement is used as functional, livable space, it is important to keep the area healthy and safe.

Homeowners who have lived in their house in Newark, OH, use some of their basement for office space as well as storage, and they wanted to make sure this area was as safe as possible. They also detected musty, unpleasant odors and high humidity in the basement, as well.

The owners knew they needed to address these issues, and they wanted another opinion after having a bad experience with another company. After they saw Ohio Basement Authority’s TV ads, they were eager to contact us for further guidance. They met with Inspector Jacob Thomas who evaluated the condition of the basement. Along with one of our dehumidifiers, Jacob also recommended upgrading at least one of the basement windows.

According to the International Residential Code, all habitable space, including basements, are required to have at least one operational emergency escape or means of egress. That means an egress window system is needed.


The owners were eager for two of our crews to improve their home’s health and safety with reliable solutions.

One crew first visited to install a dehumidifier in the basement to improve the air quality. The dehumidifier cleans and filters the air, controls moisture and humidity, and reduces odors and the potential for mold growth.

Another crew upgraded one of the basement windows by installing an egress window system. Our crew carefully excavated the area outside where the new window would be installed, and cut into the block foundation wall to make room for the newer window system. The new window’s all-vinyl frame is rust-resistant, and its double-pane glass is energy-efficient.

A lightly-colored window well was installed outside the new window, and this allows more natural light to enter the basement to brighten up the space. A durable clear cover was attached to the top of the window well for safety and to keep leaves, debris and precipitation out of the window well.

The homeowners are happy to have a safer and healthier home that they will be able to enjoy for many years to come.

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority

Inspector: Jacob Thomas

Products Installed: Egress Window System, dehumidifier


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