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Important Tips to Keep Your Basement Safe Against Intruders

You want to keep your family safe and your home secure, so you probably make sure to lock your doors and windows every night. But there are other ways to get into your home that are less obvious. That’s why it’s important to keep your basement safe against intruders.

Basements can be an easy point of entry for intruders. Basement windows are usually located in dark areas of the home that are less visible. Basement windows that are close to the ground are easily accessible while also being hidden from view.

1. Keep Valuables Out of View

One way to keep your basement safe against intruders is to remove any temptation for a burglar to come inside. If you have expensive or valuable items in plain sight, you may be tempting fate. Instead, keep them in an area that cannot be viewed from any windows or doors in your home.

2. Increase Visibility

While you may not be able to make your basement windows an area with high-traffic, you can do a few things to increase visibility. Adding motion-activated lights near your basement windows and doors will deter any intruders from trying to gain access to your home.
Another way to increase the visibility around your basement windows or doors is to keep shrubbery at a minimum. Plant low-profile plants around your windows or be sure to stay on top of the trimming.

3. Add a Windowell Cover

While adding bars to your basement windows will help increase the security of your home, it is not a very attractive option. By adding a window well cover, you can get an attractive addition to your home while also getting the security that comes from having bars on your windows. When you buy a window well cover from Windowell Expressions, you can choose from both a standard window well cover, or a clear window well cover. Both offer added security for your basement. By locking securely from the inside, you can rest easy knowing intruders won’t be able to gain access to your home through the basement. But you’ll still have the option of getting out of the basement in case of an emergency!

4. Use Security Film

Often times intruders will simply break the glass in your windows or doors, reach in, and unlock the door or window. One thing you can do to slow them down is to add a security film to the glass. While the glass can still break, instead of shattering and falling way the security film will keep the glass in place. In many cases, this will be enough of a deterrent to scare off intruders. At the very least, it may slow them down enough that they may not be able to gain access to your home!

 

Why Window Wells Are Important

At first glance, having a small pit on the side of your home may seem like an eyesore. While this is sometimes true (you can make them much more pleasant looking by adding a window well cover!), your window well is so much more than how it does or doesn’t look. In fact, your window well is very important for a few different reasons. If you have a basement, your windows will need a window well…here’s why!

#1: Safety

In case of an emergency, how are loved ones supposed to safely get out of a basement? The answer is your windows! But this can’t be done without a window well which provides an egress, or escape. Window well covers also provide safety by keeping unwanted burglars out of your home. They are locked tight from the outside, but unlock easily from the inside to ensure a safe escape. A window well cover also helps to keep snow and rain out of your window well which is incredibly helpful should, for example, a housefire happen in the winter and you need to escape through the basement windows.

#2: Required

One important reason you should have a window well is because it is required by most cities. To meet building codes and comply with most insurance policies, residential basements must have a window well. (This usually applies to finished basements but it is helpful even if your basement is unfinished). You want to make sure your home is up to code at all times.

#3: Light

One important aspect of basement living is whether or not there is enough light. This can make a big difference for those dwelling in a basement, or spending lots of down there. When you have a window well, you are allowing optimal light into your basement. Not only will this help you save on electricity costs, but it will brighten everyone’s spirits, which is something you can’t put a price tag on. This extra light will add life and warm to your home!

#4: Fresh Air

Another way a window well is important is the ability to allow fresh air into your basement. Basements are known for being dark and musky. But your window well provides light and air to make it as enjoyable a space as the rest of your home. Increased fresh air and ventilation will also help you save on utilities and keep everyone happier.

#5: Drainage

When you have a window well, you’ll also have some built in drainage system. You want your window well to stay clear of excess water and moisture so that your windows and basement are protected. When window wells are installed correctly, a drainage system is also installed that will help move water away from your home. This will keep your window wells looking nice as well as protect the integrity of your windows, basement, and even foundation.

If your window well wasn’t properly installed, contact Windowell Expressions to begin reaping the benefits of a window well. And if you’re looking to protect your window well, ask about a window well cover today!