Building To NFIP Standards and Beyond, After Hurricane Irene, Proved To Minimize Damage Caused By Hurricane Sandy.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the largest Atlantic tropical system on record, Smart Vent Products, Inc. urges homeowners to build to the NFIP standards and beyond to minimize danger and destruction that a hurricane, flood or other natural disaster may cause.
In addition to the enormous costs of repairing homes damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, homeowners in storm-damaged coastal areas will soon face soaring flood insurance rates and heightened standards for rebuilding. Retrofitting with compliant NFIP products, such as automatic flood foundation systems, not only reduces insurance premiums, but gives homeowners peace of mind that their home and family is protected from the devastating effects of a flood.
One example comes from Woodbridge, NJ where the Woodbridge Code Official reports that 35 homes were reported with collapsed foundations after Sandy. A Woodbridge resident (and SMART VENT customer), rebuilt his ravaged home to compliance after Hurricane Irene hit in 2011, and reported no damage after Hurricane Sandy:
"My home, along with many others on my block, was destroyed in Hurricane Irene. The tidal surge was so strong, that the pressure of the water outside pushed against my foundation walls, causing them to give way and collapse. Many on my block decided to repair, but I decided to build a new house on the same property, but this time elevate it above the floodplain. My contractor and engineer explained to me about a product called SMART VENT, which has built-in floats to have the doors only open to allow flood water to enter. I had five vents installed in my new foundation walls,” said Justin Kooy of Woodbridge, NJ. “Hurricane Sandy came by 3 weeks after moving back home, and hit my neighborhood hard. At least a dozen houses, including some just repaired after Irene, had foundation collapses on my block. My foundation stood strong. Even though Sandy was a much more powerful storm, and water levels were much higher than Irene, there was no structural damage at all. The SMART VENTS did their job, allowing water to enter the crawl space under the home, relieving all pressure from the foundation walls. To make things better, they even lowered my flood insurance bill!"
Certified by the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) and accepted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), each standard vent model is certified for 200 square feet of flood coverage per unit. SMART VENT provides a line of engineered openings that utilizes the best flood venting practices to out perform a traditional air vent. An automatic foundation flood vent system, controlled by patented dual floats, SMART VENT automatically opens when flood water levels rise, without electricity and without human intervention. Temperature controlled louvers control the airflow in and out of a crawlspace on all dual function models.
“So many people out there in flood zones have the thought that their home is never going to flood. So much so that builders and homeowners choose not to build up to NFIP standards including going with cheap, untested air vents as their required flood openings instead of compliant, certified flood vents,” said Brian Shaw, Business Development Manager, Smart Vent Products, Inc. “Mr. Kooy from Woodbridge, NJ is just one example of thousands that saw their foundation stay intact during Hurricane Sandy, by installing SMART VENTS.
Utilizing wet floodproofing, also known as flood vents, is not only a Building Code and NFIP Regulation for residential structures, but also the most logical way to protect floodplain structures without expanding the floodplain. Wet floodproofing is also a great option for non-residential buildings, eliminating the high cost and liability of dry floodproofing.”