Basement Waterproofing & Drainage Case Studies: Egress Window Brings Light and Safety

Thursday, April 30th, 2020 by Kendra Dunnigan

Challenge

Kraig and Katharine and their two children wanted to have more room to spread out in their home. Their first thought was to add a guest room in their basement, but that quickly evolved into a play area for the kids and a bar area/ man cave for the adults. They decided to add an egress window in both areas so natural light was a part of their ambiance and it also checked a box for safety.  

Even though Kraig considers himself, "handy" this was beyond a Do-It-Yourself project. They needed to find a qualified contractor with expertise in foundations and waterproofing. Basement egress windows are installed below grade and require cutting through a home's foundation. The “wells” if not properly installed are notorious for filling up with water and leaking into the basement through poorly sealed windows. He reasoned, "If you were going to have someone put a hole in your foundation to install a window, wouldn't you want it to be someone with years of working on basements?” 

For the Schjodt's to be able to claim the 4th bedroom and additional livable square footage, the egress windows needed to be "up to code." Egress window wells have strict requirements when it comes to how they're installed. The window itself must be a specific height above the ground, escape ladders must be placed and spaced appropriately, and the window's overall size and placement must meet very specific requirements. At least one window in each room must be large enough to permit the occupants to get out and also to allow a fully outfitted firefighter to get in.  

Solution

The Schjodt's chose Thrasher to install their egress windows. "They do this for a living. We knew they'd do it right, including all the details like building permits, etc.," said Kraig. "It was a no-brainer for us. Thrasher has dedicated egress crews. They install egress windows daily – not once a month or once in a while. They can finish an egress window in one day, because no one wants a hole in their house, overnight."  

"They do this for a living. We knew they'd do it right, including all the details like building permits, etc."  

"Some people decide to have two egress windows put into their basement the same day," says Aaron Ruskamp, Regional Director of Operations for Thrasher. From our perspective, it saves on moving our equipment around town and our crews can do it very efficiently, so we pass savings on to the customer."  

The Schjodt's were overjoyed at the new windows. "Their crew was awesome! They cleaned up after themselves. They explained the whole process to us and now we get to enjoy all this natural light," says Katharine. "It was a great investment for us." The Schjodt's now have a 4th bedroom and 1200 additional square feet of living space that they will realize as a return on their investment, should they ever decide to sell their home.  

From protecting your home against water and moisture problems to unintentional violation of building codes, you can save yourself and your family significant time and hassle by turning to a trusted and tested professional team, like Thrasher.    

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