Flood Vents

SmartVent® Foundation & Crawl Space Flood Vents

Reduce your flood insurance costs & protect your foundation from flood damage


During a flood, it’s better to equalize water pressure than to fight it.

Superstorm Sandy made everyone more aware of the damage that can be caused by flooding — especially in areas close to the ocean. Because meteorologists are predicting an increase in extreme weather in the future, it’s smart to protect your home from damage caused by floodwaters with flood vents.

SmartVent® Flood Vents help avoid severe foundation damage by allowing flood waters to pass through foundation walls rather than pounding against them. Flood vent installation also has the potential to lower your flood insurance premium significantly.

Homeowners who had their premiums lowered after flood vent installation enjoyed an average savings of 83% on their flood insurance policies. Luckily, Cypress Foundation Solutions expertly installs flood vents in Southeast Florida!

Impact of the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012

FEMA Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012
  • The changes will mean premium rate increases for some — but not all — policyholders over time.
  • The new law encourages Program financial stability by eliminating some artificially low rates and discounts.
  • Most flood insurance rates will now move to reflect full risk, and rates will rise in some policies.
  • Subsidized rates for certain other classes of properties will be eliminated over time, beginning in late 2013.
  • FEMA can help communities lower flood risk and flood insurance premiums.

During a flood, SmartVent® Flood Vents open automatically to equalize water pressure

Flood vents are required in foundations built below Base Flood Elevation (BFE) in a flood zone.

During a storm surge, floodwaters can impose extreme loads against foundation walls. The force of floodwaters and waves can cause a foundation wall to cave in or collapse. Once this happens, the entire house is susceptible to more severe damage.

The most effective way to reduce this destructive force is to provide a path through foundation walls so that water pressure can equalize inside and outside the foundation, and SmartVent® Flood Vents perform this task flawlessly.

When floodwater comes into contact with the vent, an internal float mechanism unlatches the door, allowing it to pivot open. Unlike a screened vent that will trap debris and impede water movement, the Flood Vent provides a clear, clog-free opening that allows floodwater to flow in and out. The vent stays open as long as the water level is high enough to reach the vent opening.

SmartVent® Benefits

  • Meets building code, FEMA & National Flood Insurance Program requirements.
  • Models available for both vented and sealed crawl spaces.
  • Flood Vents for sealed crawl spaces include insulation and weather stripping for enhanced energy efficiency.
  • Suitable for new construction or retrofit applications.
  • Stainless steel construction to resist corrosion.

SmartVent® Specs

  • 8-in. X 16-in. vent size matches standard crawl space vent openings.
  • Mounting flange makes installation quick and easy.
  • 5 different finishes available to match house colors.
  • Each vent protects 200sq.ft. of the enclosed area.
  • Made in America.
  • Flood Vent models available for installation in garage doors, wood-framed walls, and other locations.

SmartVent® Flood Vents come in two styles

Insulated flood vents are ideal for sealed crawl spaces and insulated walls — any application where flood protection is desired but ventilation is not. With this style of flood vent, the vent door is made from rigid foam insulation surrounded by a durable skin of 316 marine-grade stainless steel. In the “closed” position, weather stripping around the door keeps exterior air out of the crawl space.

Alternatively, it’s possible to have SmartVent® Flood Vents installed that contain operable louvers for controlled ventilation into the crawl space. The louvers automatically pivot open or closed based on exterior temperature. For durability and corrosion resistance, louvered SmartVent® Flood Vents are also constructed from 316 marine-grade stainless steel.

Use SmartVent® Flood Vents in foundation walls and other locations:

  • Crawl space & basement walls
  • Garage walls & overhead doors
  • Enclosed walls in breakaway foundations

Schedule a free estimate today!

Be certain, safe, and smart about flood protection. Call today for a free inspection and SmartVent® Flood Vent installation estimate! We proudly serve homeowners throughout Southeast Florida, including Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and nearby.

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our service area

We serve the following areas

  • Boca Raton
  • Boynton Beach
  • Coral Springs
  • Dania
  • Deerfield Beach
  • Delray Beach
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Hallandale
  • Hialeah
  • Hollywood
  • Jupiter
  • Key Biscayne
  • Lake Worth
  • Lake Worth Beach
  • Loxahatchee
  • Miami
  • Miami Beach
  • Miami Gardens
  • North Miami Beach
  • North Palm Beach
  • Opa Locka
  • Palm Beach
  • Palm Beach Gardens
  • Pompano Beach
  • Wellington
  • West Palm Beach
Our Locations:

Cypress Foundation Solutions
702 NW 9th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311