Common Egress Window DIY Problems

There are dozens of home projects that do-it-yourselfers can tackle with relative ease. Basic landscaping, custom painting projects and even simple plumbing updates can be done by a homeowner with the proper tools and instruction. But when it comes to egress window installations there are a few really solid reasons to leave a project of this scale to the professionals.

Egress Windows and Moisture

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Special saw is used to cut through foundation walls cleanly.

Digging a sizable hole directly next to your foundation opens major opportunities for moisture to seep its way into your basement. Without proper grading, drainage, and sealing, rain water and melting snow can easily penetrate a poorly sealed window frame or pool in an improperly dug window well. This not only means you’ll need to redo your egress install, but you’ll likely need to call in a professional to properly divert and drain groundwater.

Foundation Weakening

The most taxing part of an egress window installation involves cutting through your home’s foundation wall. Done properly by a professional team, that newly cut opening will be placed appropriately to maintain your foundation’s structural integrity. An improperly cut egress window opening can actually compromise your foundation’s strength. Properly trained egress window companies and installers can ensure that your egress window is not only functional, but maintains your home’s structural integrity as well.

Egress Window Building Codes

Egress window wells have much more strict requirements when it comes to how they’re installed. The window well itself must be a specific height above

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All egress windows are installed to be code compliance.

the ground, escape ladders must be placed and space appropriately, and the window’s overall size must all meet very specific building codes. Installing a window that is off by as little as an inch can mean your home’s basement living space cannot be legally counted as true livable space. Hiring a professional means that all local building codes are followed to a T.

While there are many projects around the house that DIY pros can knock out with relative ease, egress window installation is often best left to professionals. 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.

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