Ever heard the phrase, “Anything worth doing is worth doing right!”?

This phrase is especially true with any project touching basements and water, which includes the installation of any basement egress window.

Safety First

Basement egress has strict requirements that must be met to ensure that interior occupants can safely escape (egress) in the event of a fire. The liabilities from buyers or renters without proper egress are real.

Finishing or remodeling a basement without the installation of a proper, legal egress is not only a violation of building codes, but is a sure fire way to have problems come time for selling or transferring ownership.

Do It Right!

Basement Detective is primarily a basement waterproofing company with an amazing success rate of preventing water leaks and designing water management systems that keep basements dry!

Improperly installed egress wells / window drains are something we see every day. Many general contractors are very confident with the general installation process, yet many (too many) stumble at the issue of how best to deal with the water that will easily accumulate in egress window or door openings. This is where the expertise of Basement Detective in this area is so greatly beneficial to homeowners! An expertise that literally costs nothing extra, but instead saves you not only drama, but also costly repairs later.

There is simply no greater assurance that your egress window will be installed correctly and be free from leaks to the interior of your home than having a proven, award winning, time tested waterproofing company, such as Basement Detective, perform the work.

Simply put: If it leaks, we didn’t do it!

Conveniently, Basement Detective will handle your egress project from start to finish: Meet, bid, plan, permit, install, inspection, finish (carpentry), final permit, hand shake, enjoy.

All you need to do is meet us, and tell us what your goals and plans are. We’ll do the rest!

Some Egress Requirements

  • If the well is more than 30 inches deep and adjacent to a walkway, we must provide a guard or cover.
  • The opening needs be a minimum size of 5.7 sq. ft.
  • If the well is deeper than 30 inches deep we need to provide an escape ladder.

The diagram below shows some of the basic required measurements for egress sizing restrictions and requirements.

Certain counties, such as Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William have tighter restrictions.

Our egress services cover the following counties in Virginia:

Alexandria City, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Stafford County

In Maryland:

Montgomery County, Prince George’s County