Foundation Flood Vents

Parr is the exclusive distributor of the Smart Vent in the Pacific Northwest. Flood vents protect houses and buildings in floodplains by preventing water pressure buildup that can destroy walls and foundations.

When Are Flood Vents Required?

The NFIP Regulations and Building Codes require that any residential building constructed in Flood Zone Type A have the lowest floor, including basements, elevated to or above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE).

Enclosed areas (enclosures) are permitted under elevated buildings provided that they meet certain use restrictions and construction requirements such as the installation of flood vents to allow for the automatic entry and exit of flood waters.

This wet floodproofing technique is required for residential buildings. Commercial buildings have the option to wet floodproof, which can be more cost-effective compared to dry floodproofing.

Smart Vent Advantage

Smart Vents are the most advanced flood protection on the market.

Preserve the aesthetic beauty of a building by using fewer vents. One opening gives five times the protection. Smart Vents bring buildings into full flood compliance and have the potential to dramatically reduce NFIP Flood Insurance Premiums.

Smart Vents are simple to install or retrofit into new or existing foundations. Most applications can be completed in less than 30 minutes.

Smart Vent’s specifications and CAD drawings make it easy for architects to specify Smart Vents into their project. Smart Vent’s ICC-ES Certification guarantees approval with code officials, surveyors, insurance agents, and everyone else involved.

More Information

See the Smart Vents section in our Product Selection Guide for more info. You can also listen to the Weekend Warriors segment featuring Tom Little, VP of Smart Vent.