Flood Insurance and Flood Vents
Recurrent Flooding May Indicate It’s Time to Go with the Flow, Not Against It
Regional foundation repair company installs flood vents to help homeowners offset flood insurance costs.
Virginia Beach , VA – March 18, 2015 The ubiquitous nature of flooding makes it a phenomenon that none of us can escape. From melting snow to sea level rise and overflowing river banks, you can’t hide from the tide. As the push for flood mitigation and prevention efforts is reinvigorated during National Flood Awareness Week, the time to fully consider the dangers and disadvantages of flooding has emerged, bringing with it a wave of opportunity worth riding out. JES Foundation Repair is one company taking action to help homeowners counter rising flood insurance costs by suggesting that they go with the flow rather than against it.
According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), hurricanes and winter storms (like those experienced along the East Coast in 2015) are common harbingers of flooding: anywhere it rains, there is a potential for this type of occurrence. The rising waters usually end up drenching basements and crawl spaces. JES Foundation Repair installs flood vents and provides structural support, moisture management and waterproofing services to curb flood damage.
“Flooding is inevitable. A war waged against Mother Nature is one that mankind cannot win,” said JES Foundation Repair’s Vice President Scott Davis, P.E. “During a flood, it is more beneficial to equalize hydrostatic pressure than to fight it. Because of this, we offer flood vents to homeowners who experience frequent flooding and want to protect their property from water damage.”
Flood vents are constructed to allow water to flow through foundation walls instead of against them, which could lead to structural issues. When properly installed, flood vents are FEMA-compliant and meet industry standards for reducing flood risk and therefore, can lower the cost of flood insurance by as much as 83 percent. Recent legislation called for changes to the NFIP and these reforms, scheduled to go into effect in April 2015, may also offer financial relief for policyholders.
“Many [homeowners] learn the hard way that standard homeowner’s insurance does not cover flooding,” Davis shared. “Our goal is to help people maintain their homes while saving money on flood insurance costs. Since the mid-Atlantic coast is and will continue to be affected by rising sea levels and weather events, preparation is a vital component of our region’s flood mitigation plan.”
Because spring and summer tend to introduce more rain than winter or fall, Davis emphasizes the need for homeowners to take proper measures to safeguard their property against possible flooding now. Homeowners interested in determining whether they are good candidates for flood vents are encouraged to sign up for a free inspection and estimate by visiting the company’s website.
About JES Foundation Repair
JES Foundation Repair, established in 1993, designs and installs foundation support systems, crawl space moisture management systems and basement waterproofing systems in residential and commercial properties. Headquartered in Virginia Beach, JES Foundation Repair has been included in the Virginia Chamber of Commerce “Fantastic 50” four times and consistently recognized as one of the 50 fastest-growing companies in Virginia. In addition to several worldwide industry awards for sales, JES Foundation Repair has been listed multiple time among the Best Places to Work in Hampton Roads. It has also received the Small Business of the Year Award by the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. The company has three offices that serve Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and northeastern North Carolina.