Replace/Enlarge Basement Windows

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Posted by: from St Albert
6/2/2009 at 11:15:18 AM

My house in Edmonton is 30+ yrs old. The basement windows are too small to meet todays codes for puttiing a bedroom in the basement. I've spoken to one contractor who said to do this properly they would have to dig down to the weeping tile. Then enlarge the opening to accomodate the window and lastly put in a window well.

Two things:

1. Can somebody explain "weeping tile"? What is it? Where is it located?

2. Does this sound accurate? That much work to replace/enlarge a basement window?

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Date/Time6/3/2009 at 1:42:41 PM

Hi Graham,

Weeping tile is a 4" perforated plastic pipe with a sock on it that runs along the concrete footings of a house. It picks up ground water and carries it away from the foundation or to a sump hole. If you require a window well, this contractor is right in the sense that he will probably 'T' into the weeping tile to help drain the window well. I know it sounds like a lot, but if any contractor you talk to says you do not need to do it this way, beware.

Pay to get it done right now, or keep paying to repair it in the future.

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Debbie in Gibbons
Date/Time11/14/2013 at 2:41:25 PM

Hi Graham, I just saw your post on here and I am looking at doing the same thing getting a basement window enlarged. Did you have it done? If you did, who did you go through and what was the cost?

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