Homeowners in Pickerington, OH, have lived in their house since it was built eight years ago. They use their basement as storage, but could potentially finish it in the future. They also were thinking about the future re-sale of the structure, and they wanted to ensure the home’s safety and value.
Something that meets these needs is an egress window system. The basement lacked a proper emergency escape, and the aforementioned system fits that perfectly, as well.
According to the International Residential Code, all habitable spaces, including basements, must have at least one operable emergency escape. The answer is to have a safe and reliable egress window system installed.
The owners began to research how to best address this need, and they found information about Ohio Basement Authority online. They contacted us and were eager to meet with one of our inspectors, John Dean. John visited the home, confirmed the necessity of the window system upgrade, and he discussed the installation process with the owners and helped them draw up a plan for installation.
One of our crews then completed the egress window installation.
The crew first excavated the area outside the foundation wall where the new window was to be installed, and then they removed the older window and carefully cut the foundation wall to make room for the new window. This new window features an all-vinyl frame that resists rusts and has energy-efficient double-pane glass.
A lightly-colored window well was installed outside the new window. Not only does this system serve as a means of egress, the window and well also allow more natural light to enter the basement. A durable clear cover also was attached to the well for safety and to help keep leaves, debris, precipitation and pests out of the window well.
The homeowners are happy to have a safer home that they will be able to enjoy for many years to come.
Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority
Inspector: John Dean
Products Installed: Egress Window System