NJ Federal Court rules Crawl Space Door Systems, Inc’s (CSDS) Engineered Flood Vent are FEMA Compliant! Six years ago Smart Vent, Inc. filed lawsuits against five competitors that sold Engineered Flood Vents. One of the companies was CSDS. The other four Engineered Flood Vent companies were forced out of business because of Smart Vent’s lawsuits. CSDS spent all of October 2019 in court with Smart Vent. CSDS won the lawsuit and the counter-claim CSDS filed against Smart Vent. For more information you can review the following links. Law Suit; Jury’s Opinion; Court's Ruling.
Both ICC Flood Vents and State Certified Flood Vents are Engineered Flood Vents. Flood vents are designed and rated in accordance with 44CFR60.3(c)(5), FEMA’s Bulletins, International Code Council, American Society of Civil Engineers and National Flood Insurance Program’s criteria. None of these entities endorse products but, they collaborate to uphold codes, standards, and processes for the flood industry.
FEMA regulates the standards for the National Flood Insurance Program. This is important because one of the steps a homeowner can take to reduce their annual flood insurance cost is to install Engineered Flood Vents in their home's foundation and attached garage. Getting your home FEMA Compliant can help reduce flood damage to your home during a flooding event.
Non-engineered flood openings are openings that allow water to pass through a foundation in the event of a flood. These openings could be cinder blocks turned on their side, air vents disabled in the open position or various sized openings in the foundation. These flood openings must equate enough coverage for the area. It could take numerous openings to meet the coverage area weakening the foundation.
Engineered Flood Vents are designed to release more water with fewer openings in the home's foundation. Engineered Flood Vents are required to have State Certifications for the states they are sold in or an ICC-ES Report. Both documents are acceptable and have been for years by flood insurance writers, NFIP, surveyors, architects and city inspectors.
Again, ICC Rated Flood Vents and State Certified Flood are Engineered Flood Vents meaning they are designed to release floodwaters faster and equalize hydrostatic pressure. Helping to protect your home's foundation in the event of flooding.
ICC Flood Vents can reduce flood insurance costs by up to 85 percent. It’s time to prepare for more downpours warns NOAA (Climate.gov). Heavy rain has increased across most of the United States, and is only likely to continue to do so. In fact, climate change is projected to increase the size of the flood plain by as much as 45% in the next 100 years. A new flood vent introduced by Crawl Space Door Systems, Inc. can help concerned home and business owners protect their property and save money too. Most standard homeowner insurance policies do not cover floods and people have to turn to the National Flood Insurance program or private insurance for flood coverage. These policies are expensive. The new ICC Breakaway Flood Vent can save people up to 85 percent on their flood insurance policies.
“Getting your home FEMA-compliant does not have to be expensive or complicated,” William G. Sykes, owner, Crawl Space Door Systems, says.
This flood vent available from Crawl Space Door Systems is designed to meet FEMA, NFIP and ICC requirements for engineered flood vents in all 50 states. And, unlike its competitors, its 16-inch x 8-inch breakaway flood vent covers 305 square feet, making it the highest-rated flood vent of its size available on the market. And it costs just $99. Competitor products cost more ($259.99) and cover less space (200 square feet).
So, let’s do the math. If a crawl space is 2,000 square feet, seven vents from Crawl Space Door Systems will do the job and cost about $700. On the flip side, a competitor would need to provide 10 vents, costing approximately $2,600. That’s a big difference. When homeowners choose an ICC-approved flood vent from Crawl Space Door Systems, they’re saving about $1,900 and they’re getting an insurance reduction to boot.
CSDS new ICC-approved flood vent easily installs into most homes’ foundation openings. There’s some basic hardware and construction adhesive included. Once the frame is installed, the flood vent snaps into a solid or vented breakaway insert and works to reduce any potential structural damage. They are designed to allow the water pressure to equalize inside and outside of the crawl space. Additional Information.