While they have lived in their house for many years, homeowners in Westerville, OH, wanted to make sure their home would always be a safe living environment that also was up to code.
The International Residential Code for One-and Two-Family Dwellings states, “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.
After seeing Ohio Basement Authority’s TV ads, they contacted us to see how we could help them. Once they met with one of our inspectors who explained our installation process, the owners were eager for one of our crews to replace one of their small basement windows with an egress window system.
After removing sections of interior drywall and excavating an area outside the home, our crew took great care in cutting into the block foundation wall to make room for the new window. The window’s double-pane glass is energy-efficient, and the frame is rust-resistant. A lightly colored window well was installed outside the new window. Along with providing a safe escape route, the well allows more natural light to enter the basement. A durable translucent cover also was attached to the well for safety and cleanliness. The existing discharge pipe was re-routed around the window well, and the soil was then backfilled and regraded.
The homeowners are happy to have safe and functional window systems in their basement.