Basement egress window wells act as retaining walls, holding floor behind exit window and cement of basement wall. Actual installation window well is simple and only takes a few minutes. However, you should take right steps to ensure proper drainage, otherwise well is filled with water, which can seep into basement through window. Proper technique involves locating leak standing, adding a shirt on run, and installation of a riser and drain to new shirt.
When you use your basement as a living space, law requires installation of basement egress window. Laws of each state and city require windows to bedrooms or any room where main purpose of play is asleep. Window is designed to give residents a route exhaust property. Required size of window varies depending on city and state regulations.
In addition to width requirements, basement egress window must also meet certain height requirements. Lower edge of window should sit 44 inches or less from ground, which allows residents to access windows from a standing position. Window itself cannot be larger than 44 inches. Department of Building Safety in Minnesota increased maximum height between window and floor 48 inches and requires output window to be at least 24 inches tall.