Egress Window

 

    To build a bedroom in your basement and expand your living space, regulations require the need of egress window for fire escape purposes. Without an egress window in case of fire, regulations simply won't allow a basement bedroom. According to the International Residential Code, basement windows must have:
    - The bottom of the egress window opening cannot exceed 44" from the finished floor.
    - Clear opening of at least 5.7 square feet. 
    - Opening width of at least 20 inches. 
    - Opening height of at least 24 inches.
Local requirements for basement egress windows in Chicago area may vary. Check with your local building department in your city-hall to learn more about requirements to have a egress window in your basement. 
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Egress Window
Egress Window

Measure the window and cut the foundation wall little bigger, this way we can seal the void between the window and the foundation wall with insulation foam for energy efficient.

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Egress Window
Egress Window

    Proper installation and waterproofing of your egress window well are important for your dry basement. During our work, we always make sure we secure the window well on multiple places to prevent future movements, and use the right materials to seal the egress window well from exterior and interior, preventing seepage and water leaks between the foundation wall and the egress window well. 

Egress Window | Window Well Instalation
Egress Window

    An important part of your window well is the drain. Usually the drain has to be connecting to the exterior or interior drainage system for a proper drainage. A proper working drain and drainage system, guarantee you no water leaks and seepage from the window. If drain tile is clogged options are as follow:
       -Drill a 2" hole through the foundation wall   
       -Install 2" pipe sloping to the tap of the sump pit with clean out
   

Window Well Drain Repairs
Window Well Drain Repairs

      -Install 4" drain assembly in the window well   
      -Seal around the pipe with injection epoxy 

Properly installed and working window well drain, warranty you no seepage and water leaks through the basement window.

Window Well Drain Repairs
Window Well Drain Repairs

    Egress windows allow natural light to flood into your basement. By making a egress window in your basement, you adding value to your home. Not only does it add value in the event of a home sale, also is a good chance of increasing your home’s square footage.

Egress Window
Egress Window