Do I have to move my car out of the garage to get into my in ground garage storm shelter?
No. If you have a normal size garage and an average size vehicle you will not have to move your vehicle out of the garage in order to access your shelter. You only need about 2 feet in order to access your shelter. We recommend that you pull your vehicle up a little further into your garage than you may normally do in order to always have ample access to your shelter.
How long does it take to install?
Unless we hit some rock or something else that might cause a delay, it normally takes only one day.
Does the installation of your shelters harm the foundation?
There is no damage to the foundation. The weight of the home rests on the exterior walls of the home. Before a concrete foundation is poured a footing is poured along the exterior walls to provide extra support for the weight of the house. Before we begin the installation process we measure and mark the space to insure we stay at least one foot away from the footing. We cut the hole in the garage floor with a concrete wet saw. The concrete saw allows us to make precise cuts therefore minimizing any disturbance of the concrete slab. The portion of the slab is then carefully removed and the dirt excavated.
Is there proper ventilation?
Our garage storm shelters meet and exceed FEMA's requirements for ventilation. There is a hole in both the front lid and back lid of the shelter which creates a natural airflow. Each garage storm shelter also comes with a battery powered fan/light combo. The fan is mounted directly under the air vent in the back lid of the shelter. It draws fresh air from outside and circulates it throughout the shelter.
What happens if the house falls on the top and we can't get out?
All of our in ground garage storm shelters have ball-bearing sliding doors which allow you to roll the lids open easily instead of lifting them against debris. And in most applications, the shelters are covered and protected by a vehicle, except for two feet on the end to slide the door back. We recommend that you park your car directly over the shelter in case the house were to collapse the vehicle protects any debris from wedging the door closed on the shelter. An optional hydraulic escape jack can be added to provide you with extra peace of mind. The hydraulic jack will lift up to 8 tons of debris.