What Homeowners Should Know about Coded Egress and Egress Wells

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Coded Egress And Egress Wells

An egress placed underneath the home gives dwellers a way out from inside the home in case a contingency arises. There should be a two-way out underneath the prefabricated home or the manufactured home, and for that, egress shall be placed in more than one ways. Especially when an unforeseen event arises, the two-way out egress comes in handy in the basement or the attic.

The living space, also known as “man cave”, underneath the basement provides additional space for you to run daily routines, or lead a casual life akin to an old time dweller. Many homeowners convert the basement into a home theater with amplified surround sound and entertainment systems, and having an egress in such homes could be difficult. Yet again, the International Residential Code (IRC) compels all homeowners to have an egress system that provides an easy way out of the home in order to substantially improve the safety of the dwellers.

Egress for Emergencies

Most branded egress windows have an integrated stepladder and a well cover that helps escape from an accident at home. When accidents such as fire come around leaving you minutes to escape, egress well cover can be used to jump out of the house and be safe from the danger. You should also insulate the egress well by 4 x 5 feet to 5 x 7 feet in depth for faster escape.

There are two types of egress wells. One type of egress is the standard metal well and the other is the polyurethane egress featuring Ultra Violet ray protection and protection from mildew and mold. Regardless of which one you choose, note that in addition to enhancing home safety, the egress window wells also bring in sunlight inside the basement making lives comfortable underneath.

A mobile home constructed in between July 1972 to July 1976 would have an egress that complies with Housing and Urban Development Codes on every bedroom. However, the IRC codes define the egress placement beneath the basement of a mobile home since then and even now. It is never too late to upgrade old egress in the prefabricated home either, one that meets the IRC codes and gives you an additional space for living at home.