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    I have a 9-year old house with an unfinished basement that is completely below grade. In order to finish it, I need to install Egress. My preference for egress is a door because the current basement stairs (inside the house) will not accommodate pool table/large furniture/etc... My question is about drainage from the outside stairwell that I will need to construct. My contractor wants to bring the drainage (rainwater, snow melt, etc.) to my existing inside sump, which I don't believe has ever had a drop of water in it after nine years. I am extremely averse to bringing water into the house. Is there any way to install a sump pump beneath the stairs that I won't have to worry about freezing? I live in the Philadelphia area, where temps routinely dip below freezing in the winter, and potentially for weeks on end. HELP!!!!!

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    Re: Basement egress drainage

    Have you considered using something like this? It is at least as waterproof as your current foundation and if you have not had a basement water problem in 9 years why would the contractor want or need to install drainage if he used a system like this? If he is pouring concrete in place, then drainage would be an issue. When he excavates the hole for your egress door, maybe a dry well adjacent to the excavation would work.

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    Last edited by killavolt; 04-30-2013, 12:19 PM.

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      Re: Basement egress drainage

      Originally posted by killavolt View Post
      Have you considered using something like this? It is at least as waterproof as your current foundation and if you have not had a basement water problem in 9 years why would the contractor want or need to install drainage if he used a system like this? If he is pouring concrete in place, then drainage would be an issue. When he excavates the hole for your egress door, maybe a dry well adjacent to the excavation would work.

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        Re: Basement egress drainage

        Originally posted by killavolt View Post
        Have you considered using something like this? It is at least as waterproof as your current foundation and if you have not had a basement water problem in 9 years why would the contractor want or need to install drainage if he used a system like this? If he is pouring concrete in place, then drainage would be an issue. When he excavates the hole for your egress door, maybe a dry well adjacent to the excavation would work.

        PermEntry® Basement Entrance - Detail information for PermEntry® Basement Entrance
        this would be my recommendation too. i had one on my last house and never leaked a drop in 8 years.

        i will say that the only thing I didn't like was the noise of rain hitting the Bilco when you are in the basement.
        If I had added a second, insulated door at the foot of the stair it would have stopped that and the cold air that came from the stairwell. If I had stayed I would have added the door, and looking back I should have been smart enough to do it right from the beginning, so learn from my error and do it now, even if you are in a warm climate it will be added security and looks nicer. My basement wasn't completely finished off and I never spent any time back where the door was. All I had was my ham shack in the other half so it never bothered me, but it sounds like your case will be different.
        Last edited by Bob D.; 04-30-2013, 04:00 PM.
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          Re: Basement egress drainage

          You may be able to get a multi-panel Bilco custom made from a metal shop or local welder (picture 4 bilco doors than lap over each other like roof shingles). This way would allow for a longer ramp into the cellar instead of stairs. A nice feature if you want to drive stuff into winter storage.
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