An egress well cover or grate is a smart investment for your basement window well.
Egress window wells are an essential for your basement. Not only are they legally required by building code; but they’re a vital safety feature that could help people escape from the basement in the event of an emergency.
But adding basement windows requires a few adjustments around the rest of the house, too – especially in the yard or garden.
John Symon, a customer from Bethlahem, Pa., explained a couple of issues he ran into:
“I finished my basement last year,” he emailed to tell us, “and couldn’t be happier. I added an egress window to meet national building code and it added a lot of natural light to my basement.”
But a few months after digging out and installing the window well, he got an unexpected visitor.
“One morning, I was enjoying my coffee in the kitchen when I heard a ruckus downstairs.” Running around to the back of the house, John immediately spotted the problem: “It was a bear!”
Apparently a small black bear cub, separated from its mother, had stumbled into the window well that night – and despite the molded ladder, couldn’t get out again.
“The poor thing was terrified!” John explained. “And so was I. I kept thinking its mommy was going to turn up at any second – and she’d have been mad.”
Animal control was on hand to fish the frightened bear out and return it to the wild – but the adventure highlighted a problem John hadn’t thought of when he’d first installed the well:
“Having that big hole open on the side of my house was going to be a problem.”
Fortunately, there are a variety of solutions available. Well covers and grates are an affordable solution and are available to suit almost installed window well.
While covers are not required by building code, any covers or grates you do install are required to be code-compliant. All the covers available on EgressWindows.com meet code standards; and are also designed to perfectly match items from our range of window wells. This makes installation easy.