We want to hire a Maryland professional engineer to certify that our engineered flood vents meet FEMA’s requirements. We have our engineered flood vents certified in 13 states. Our certifications can be viewed by clicking on the following states, AL, CO, FL, LA, MO, MS, NC, NJ, SC, TN, TX, VA. Engieered flood vents need to be certified by an engineer licensed in the state where the flood vent is being installed. If you are interested or if you know someone who is please send me an email or give me a call. William G. Sykes, Owner Crawl Space Door Systems, Inc, firstname.lastname@example.org, 757-363-0005.
Humid climates cause high humidity in the crawlspace. High humidity and moisture in the crawlspace promotes the growth of mildew and mold that can cause structural damage and unhealthy air below the sub floor that seeps into the home environment. Encapslating or conditioning a crawlspace creates an environment that can be controlled. The company House Smarts prepared a great video explaining how to encapsulate the crawlspace. Crawl Space Door Systems, Inc. has durable plastic crawlspace doors and vents to seal the foundation when encapslating the crawlspace.
North Carolina, Outer Banks real estate agents and home owners are worried the new Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 could hike home flood insurnace premiums by thousands of dollars. Higher insurance premiums could ward off buyers and cause lenders to turn down loans. Possibly in some cases, flood insurance rates could reach $30,000 a year for buildings in low-lying areas. Jeff Hampton with The Virginia-Pilot on May 2, 2013 wrote a very good article (VIEW ARTICLE) about these concerns. If you are interest I have attached a document (VIEW DOCUMENT) that summarizes the contents of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.
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The National Flood Insurance Program defines a floodplain as any land area susceptible to being covered by floodwaters from any source. Plants, animals and people benefit from floodplains. Floodplains provide food, recreational opportunities and scientific knowledge gained in studying them. Floodplains also recharge groundwater supplies and their filtering actions help improve water quality. For more information about the National Flood Insurance Program and floods go to NFIP manual.
The purpose of an Elevation Certification is to provide structure elevation information. This information is used for compliance with community floodplain ordinance, determine proper insurance premium, helps in support of a LOMA (Letter of Map Amendment) or LOMA – F (Letter of Map Amendment – Fill) application. Also, an elevation certificate will help rate Post-Firm buildings flood insurance premium.
As most home owners know during heavy rainfall their streets may be flooded and seem to have standing water. Most city systems were built and designed to handle the amount of water accrued by a 10-year storm. What is a 10-year storm – a storm that has a 10% of occurring in a year. Heavy storms may overload drainage systems resulting in backed-up ditches and sewers causing shallow flooding.