4 Solutions for Long Island Properties Located in a Flood Zone

Just about any idyllic living situation has a less glamorous side. Take waterfront properties, for example. They are a dream come true for many, but that also means you may be living in a flood zone. At GreenLInk Home Inspections, we offer engineering expertise and other solutions to homeowners living in a Long Island flood zone. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 15% of Long Island’s residents own flood zone property, so let’s go through four solutions that we can offer you.

Flood Zone Inspections

1. Elevation Certificates 

An elevation certificate demonstrates the elevations of your house in relation to the Base Flood Elevation (BFE). The BFE represents the estimated level to which flood waters would rise in a statistical “once-every-100-year” storm. After we establish your elevation certificate, we will go over any possible mitigation considerations you can take to reduce your insurance premiums, such as flood vents.

2. Windstorm Certifications 

Another thing to consider, besides your home’s elevation in relation to the elevation statistics, is the risk to your coastal property from damage caused by high winds. The Department of Insurance in the State of New York approved standards that require properties within 1,500 feet of the coast to be able to withstand high winds. When you work with GreenLInk Home Inspections, you will have access to windstorm certifications, which can only be performed by a professional engineer.

3. Helical Piles

We offer another solution, which is to use helical piles to help support your foundation in poor soil conditions. If you are planning to either add on or build on a flood zone property, we have experience and expertise in designing helical pile foundation systems to resolve this problem. Helical pile installation projects require a certified pile log at the conclusion that is stamped and signed by a professional engineer. Fortunately, we can complete the work and authorize the completion paperwork for you. 

4. Bulkhead Designs

A bulkhead is a retaining wall or a barrier used to contain flooding and is an excellent solution to protect your home. Let our experts design and engineer a bulkhead for your property to protect your home located along the water in a flood zone. After all, waves and wind should not overcome a properly constructed bulkhead. 

Request a Quote 

When you are ready to move forward with any flood zone solutions offered by GreenLInk Home Inspections, you can contact us today at (516) 774-4565 to request a quote for your flood zone inspection. We are Long Island’s premier service provider for inspections and engineering services and assist residents in Suffolk County, Nassau County, Seaford, Massapequa, and Merrick. As natives of this area, our passion for what we do has established a reputation for integrity and professionalism.