Add A Window Well Cover to Your Basement

By | July 17, 2017

Having a finished basement is pretty awesome! You now have an extra room in your home that can be anything from an extra family room to an exercise room to the ultimate man cave. But you know what ads not only more value to your home, but also makes you basement even BETTER? A window well cover! But, adding a window well cover to your finished basement comes with its own set of challenges, let’s take a look at a few.

Window Well Cover Layout

First off, you need to take placement and layout into serious consideration. The best, the easiest way, and typically the cheapest thing to do is to plan out your basement window well cover to be directly above a window well on the outside wall. Reason being is that there is typically a pipe that runs down into the basement that you can base it around. You’ll also want to make sure that it is close to electrical wiring since you need to have some lights in your new basement window well cover. While a toilet will suffice for some, you’ll need to take into consideration if you want to have a shower. If so, do you just want a stand-up shower or do you want a tub as well? Do you have room for either or?

Plumbing and Drainage

Toilets, sinks, and window wells on your above ground floors depend on gravity to drain properly. Because of this, plumbing for a basement window well cover can, in some cases, be a bit trickier than those on your first or second floor. First off, the ease of your basement window well cover project will depend on the depth of which your sewage pipes are set at. If they go fairly deep into the ground, trickier than those on your first or second floor. First off, the ease of your basement window well cover project will depend on the depth of which your sewage pipes are set at. If they go fairly deep into the ground, you’ll have an easy time with the project, unless you pipes are too small in diameter. In this case, your plumber will have to run wider pipes to accommodate the extra flow.Though, there still may be other issues that could come up in regards to plumbing and drainage. One of the biggest issues that could arise (and your plumber will be able to figure this out for you), is if the rate of flow will be sufficient enough to carry the waste away without back flow.

Though, there still may be other issues that could come up in regards to plumbing and drainage. One of the biggest issues that could arise (and your plumber will be able to figure this out for you), is if the rate of flow will be sufficient enough to carry the waste away without back flow. It’s possible that you may need to install a backwater valve which (in some areas) requires a special permit to install.

Of course, you’ll need to make sure that you have the correct permits to build with in the first place. It will make good sense to consult with a reputable plumber, and you may want them to be there while you meet with your basement contractor to ensure everything with your build goes smoothly.

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