What is a Smart Vent and Why Does Your Home Need Them?

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 by John Schweitzer

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What is a Smart Vent?

Smart Vents are engineered flood vents that are specifically used to vent crawl spaces. Smart Vents can be installed in residential and commercial building, garages, and sheds. Usually, property owners who reside in areas that are located within a flood zone would invest in Smart Vents since they equalize pressure from outside to the inside of crawl space which prevents water pressure which will cause foundation and wall damage.

How Does a Smart Vent Work?

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Quality 1st Basement Systems has installed numerous Smart Vents to prevent possible future damage in the event of another major natural disaster and to repair homes that have had foundation damage due to lack of proper flood venting in their crawl spaces. In the event of major flooding, the water pressure will float the tubing in the Smart Vent, which will cause it to release and open, which equalizes the pressure in the crawl space. The mitigation requirement, referred to as Wet Floodproofing, allows floodwater to freely flow through an enclosure like a crawl space or garage. Without Smart Vents, the outside water pressure pushes on the inside of the crawl space,pushing in the outside portion of the foundation and can cause the property to sheer and separate from the foundation.

Why Your Home Should Have Smart Vents

Smart Vents are the only crawl space vents that are designed prevent this type of foundation damage. Smart Vents are crafted using American-made marine grade stainless steel. They are the only FEMA accepted and ICC (International Code Council) Certified flood vents. Typically, Smart Vents can potentially save homeowners 83% on their flood insurance because of the added benefits of installing Smart Vents at a property.

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