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Ohio Basement Authority Case Studies: Egress Window Enhances a Home's Safety in Mansfield, OH

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 by Holly Richards-Purpura


After living in his house for less than one year, a homeowner in Mansfield, OH, wanted to finish some odds and ends around the house. This included enhancing the home’s safety and appearance. The homeowner would like to use the basement as livable space with a guest bedroom.

The International Residential Code for One-and Two-Family Dwellings states that “basements, habitable attics, and every sleeping room shall have at least one operable emergency escape and rescue opening." The answer is to have an egress window installed.

The homeowner began to research how to best address this, and he contacted Ohio Basement Authority after learning more about our company online. He met with Inspector Jacob Thomas who evaluated the basement living situation and concurred with the egress window installation.


The homeowner was eager for one of our crews to install the egress window.

After first excavating the ground outside of the new window system’s intended location, the crew carefully cut into the block foundation wall to make room for the new window. This window’s double-pane glass is energy-efficient, and its all-vinyl frame is rust resistant.

After the window is secured in place, a window well is installed on the home’s exterior. This well assists in serving as a point of egress and easily accessible emergency exit. Its light color allows more natural light to enter the basement, and so does the translucent well cover that is attached. This cover also enhances the safety of the system and it helps keep leaves, debris, and precipitation out of the window well.

The homeowner is pleased to have an updated window system that enhances the safety and appearance of his home.

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority

Certified Inspector: Jacob Thomas

Products Installed: Egress Window, Window Well, Well Cover


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