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Ohio Basement Authority Case Studies: Egress Window Improved a Home’s Safety in Springfield, OH

Challenge

When homeowners in Springfield, OH, moved into their house almost 30 years ago, they had a feeling they would be living in the house for many years. Recently, however, the owners began to think about the health and future resale value of the house.

After communicating their concerns to a realtor, they owners knew they needed to have an egress window installed.

The International Residential Code for One-and Two-Family Dwellings states that all habitable spaces, including basements, are required to have at least one operable emergency escape route and rescue opening. The answer is to have an egress window installed.

The homeowners researched how to address this issue, and they contacted Ohio Basement Authority after finding information about our company online. They met with Inspector John Dean, who confirmed the necessity of the egress window installation.

Solution

After meeting with John, the homeowners were eager for one of our crews to install an egress window system in their home.

The smaller existing basement window was blocked up using concrete block. It was not practical to upgrade that window location because it was too close to the exterior gas meter.

Our crew then 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 pleased to have an updated window system that enhances the safety of their home.

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority

Certified Inspector: John Dean

Products Installed: Egress Window System

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