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 foundation flood vent 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 or damaged foundations after Sandy. Justin Kooy, a Woodbridge resident 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. 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 5 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. Thankfully, the SMART VENTS did their job, and my foundation stayed strong, 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!”
“Unfortunately, many people, including those in flood zones, have the thought that their home is never going to flood, and choose not to build up to NFIP standards,” 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 in tact 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.”
In all coastal areas, small steps can be made to rebuild in a way that takes into account doing things better and smarter, in order to minimize future damage. For a full list of Authorized Smart Vent Dealers or Installers, visit their Industry Professional locator page at http://www.smartvent.com/locator. For a free property evaluation you can contact one of their staffed Certified Floodplain Managers (CFM) at 877-441-8368 or visit http://www.smartvent.com.
About Smart Vent Products
Smart Vent Products, Inc. is the worldwide leading manufacturer of foundation flood venting systems and takes pride in having the a FEMA-Accepted and ICC-ES Certified flood vent product line. Founded in 2001, products are made in the United States out of marine grade 316 stainless steel. The company is fully committed to ideals of responsible corporate citizenship, and making efforts to educate consumers, design professionals, and government officials on floodplain management techniques. For more information, visit www.smartvent.com.