Do you know that there are FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) flood vent regulations that apply to your home? These regulations are also stipulated by the NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program). If you adhere to them, you could reduce your flood insurance premiums by a significant amount.
Properly installed and positioned garage flood vents not only help protect your investment, but they also can save you money. The regulations regarding their placement and the type of garage flood vents you should use are easy to understand, despite what you may have heard. The purpose of garage flood vents (a.k.a. flood ports or flood gates) is to minimize structural damage from flooding. These openings achieve this objective by letting water pass out or into your home’s exterior foundation walls.
Why is this so important? Well, during a flood, if the water pressure outside and inside your home cannot equalize quickly enough, the doors and windows could blow out. Moreover, this pressure can affect the structural integrity of the foundation and make your home unsafe. Research has shown that homes with proper openings can survive flooding. Those without garage flood vents can collapse.
Properly positioned and installed garage flood vents can pay for themselves rapidly. You can save in 2 ways. Firstly, the reduction on your annual flood insurance premiums may be substantial. Secondly, if flood waters rise to your house, garage flood vents can lower the risk of structural damage, which can be very expensive to repair.
That’s it in a nutshell. Make sure you have garage flood vents, as well as other flood vents, installed in your home, and then contact your flood insurance company to inquire about a reduction in your premiums. You’ll also be safer and compliant.
For garage flood vents in Charleston SC, contact us at Overhead Door Company of Charleston. We offer high-quality garage door products and services, and are proud members of both the Better Business Bureau and the International Door Association. Give us a call today.