New Series: What You Need to Know about Egress Windows

Thinking of adding an egress window to your basement? Buyers alert! Your contractors may not know they are destroying your foundation. It’s imperative to consult with professionals who specialize in Foundation Engineering Services. These experts have the necessary knowledge and tools to assess the integrity of your home’s foundation and determine the safest way to proceed with such installations. Without this specialized intervention, there’s a significant risk that contractors unfamiliar with the structural implications may unintentionally compromise the stability of your foundation. Foundation experts provides peace of mind by ensuring that any modifications to your home will not only meet local building codes but also preserve the long-term safety and value of your property.

It is also important to note that not all basement egress windows are created equal. Each state and municipality may have their own set of regulations and requirements for egress windows, so it’s crucial to work with professionals who are familiar with the specific codes in your area. This will ensure that your egress window installation meets all necessary standards and complies with local building codes.

In addition, Foundation Engineering Services can also offer valuable advice on the best location for your egress window. Factors such as soil type, groundwater levels, and slope of the land can all affect the placement and design of an egress window. These experts can conduct a thorough assessment of your property to determine the optimal location for your egress window, taking into consideration both safety.

In the coming weeks, Level will present a series on cutting large pieces of your foundation away to add egress windows. We’ll show you foundation failure examples and things to avoid because of improper installations.

So before you do this:

Contact a structural engineer for a consultation with you and your contractor. During this consultation, it’s important to discuss the findings of the Foundation Inspection Services in detail. These services, by thoroughly examining every aspect of your home’s foundation, provide a comprehensive report that outlines the current condition, including any abnormalities or damages. The structural engineer can use this report to offer informed advice on the next steps, potentially saving you from costly repairs in the future by addressing issues early on. Additionally, they can guide your contractor on the best practices for fixing any identified problems, ensuring that any interventions are both effective and align with the overall structural plan for your home’s longevity and safety.

These preventable damages to your home are heartbreaking. Don’t solve one safety problem by creating a larger one.

We’re here to help get your project started the right way. Give us a call at (720) 408-0119, and our client relations team will assist you in scheduling an appointment with one of our engineers.

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Scott Zurn, P.E.

Founder and CEO of Level Engineering & Level Design Partners. With more than 4 decades of experience, Scott Zurn has contributed to all aspects of the building industry, serving both public and private sectors. He’s achieved tremendous success in commercial and residential markets, held leadership roles such as building official, city engineer, and director for local governments, and accomplished hundreds of millions of dollars in successful commercial building and civil infrastructure as a designer, project manager, and leader. As the Founder of the Level brand, Scott is dedicated to ensuring the entrepreneurial success of design professionals, as well as creating positive environmental impacts through design work. Read Scott’s full bio here.

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