Egress Part 1
Just because it is winter time and the snow is flying doesn’t mean that you stop working on your house projects. If you are still working on your basement project, then so are we!
Email or call us to get more information and we can set up a free estimate with one of our sales representatives. We are still digging window wells and installing egress windows in the winter time, so if you are interested in putting windows in so that you can stay on schedule with your renovation, let us know ! The job tends to take a little more elbow grease because we have to deal with digging through the frost line and clearing snow out of the way, but we have the equipment to do it!
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It’s getting to that time of year when the snow is about to fly and nobody wants to worry about snow and ice filling up their egress window well! We totally agree and if you are looking for a cover for your egress window well then we can direct you to the right place. Check out the link below and call us. 1-855-934-7377 We can get you pricing for a window well cover or direct you to the right place for your egress needs!
Lately people have been asking us how to determine what size window they need to have to meet code. It’s always 5.7 square feet for lower level egress windows. Sometimes that means you need to have egress hardware for casement windows to meet that requirement so double check before your order your window. I think this sizing chart from the City of Bloomington, Minnesota is great and I wanted to share it with you. It really helps determine custom sizing for your egress window so that you can order something that meets the code requirement and your personal taste.
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May 8, 2012
Is it just me, or does it seem like it has only been raining on the weekends when we actually have free time and every other day that it is nice out we are stuck in the office? If that sounds like you, I can definitely sympathize. Anyways, speaking of rain, with all the storms that we have been experiencing I thought it would be a good idea to talk about drainage issues for egress window wells. I have an egress window in my bedroom and Saturday night I could hear the rain pounding on the gravel at the bottom of the window well. I woke up a few times wondering if Niagara Falls was going to come roaring over the windowsill and wake me up, but in the morning I looked out and the window well was already dry. I am betting after all the rain that we had in the Midwest this past weekend many of you were worried about the same thing, except you had legitimate concerns. Well, if you are like most homeowners and you are left scratching your heads wondering what do about the water pooling in the bottom of your egress window well, I am about to give you some great tips.
Egress Window Guy has a few easy solutions for you so that you can keep that water draining away from the foundation, instead of filling up the well to look like a built in aquarium in your basement. Although, if that is the look you are going for like that new show “Tanked” on the Animal Planet channel that would be pretty cool! You might just need to add some tropical fish!
Here is a list of simple solutions that you can have Egress Window Guy or a trained and trusted local contractor address:
1. Drainage reservoirs – adding drainage reservoirs to the bottom of the well is a great way to help water dissipate away from the home, instead of seeping into your basement. This is a very simple solution. In a typical window well we usually add two reservoirs in far outside corners of the well sloping away from the house. They are approximately 12” in diameter and 2’ feet deep. Once the corrugated metal surround is in place, we fill the reservoirs with gravel and then fill the bottom of the window well with more gravel (approx 6 – 8”). If you are adding gravel to the bottom of your well make sure not to fill it too high. You still need ample space between the bottom of the well and the windowsill or exterior trim.
2. Drain-tile system – Tying your egress window well into an existing drain-tile system is the best solution if you already have drain-tile installed in your home. In this option we drill a hole into the hollow core of the block foundation. Then we add a small pipe with a screened cap on the end so that the water can drain right into the hollow core of the block and into the drain-tile and your sump pump will do all the rest of the work just like it supposed to!
3. Sump Basket – This is a good solution too, but probably one of our least favorites. We can install a small sump basket directly in the bottom of the egress window well or inside the basement, which ever you prefer. If you chose to go with an exterior pump this works great in the summer time, but in the winter you have to take it out because all the pipes are on the exterior of the house and could freeze over.
Here are a few other things to consider when it comes to drainage issue with window wells:
1. Gutters and Downspouts – Before making any big decisions, check your gutters and downspouts! Maintenance is a simple and cheap way to help keep your basement dry. If your basement is experiencing some dampness and you notice that a downspout is emptying within a few feet of your foundation try getting an extension for it and make sure the gutters are not clogged with leaves and debris. This will definitely help.
2. Grading – One of the things that can cause significant water leakage is the grading of your yard. Egress window or not, you can experience a significant amount of water coming into the basement if the slope of your yard is graded towards your house. If you believe this is one of the problems contact a landscaper to get a quote on regarding your yard to slope away from the house. Sometime landscaping and planting shrubs around the foundation of the house can also help soak up some of the water before it soaks into your basement. Not mention it looks pretty sharp too!
3. Soil content – Heavy clay soil can cause water to pool for a significant amount of time versus sandy soil where water can dissipate quickly. If you have clay soil you should seriously consider installing drain-tile or a sump basket. The same goes if you are experiencing ground water.
Hello to warmer weather and longer days! Why not take advantage of the fresh breeze and sunlight by welcoming them into your home? Turn a dark, stuffy basement into a pleasant living space by installing an egress window. In addition to increasing the safety of a room, egress windows enhance the value of your home and allow natural light to flood the space. Ready to bring the outdoors in? Give the Egress Window Guys a call!