Building a Floodproofed Basement
If you are building a new house consider adding a floodproofed basement to the construction. Why? A floodproofed foundation offers protective featuresand it hedges against flood risk today and tomorrow.
- Certified floodproofed by a professional engineer
- Lower flood insurance rating on standard policies
- Increased salability
- Peace of mind
- No floodproofed foundation has ever failed in Fargo
If your house gets mapped into the Special Flood Hazard Area in the upcoming map revision or any future revision and you have a federally backed mortgage you will be required to carry flood insurance.
Floodproof certification requires design by a registered professional, additional structural components and a 7-point construction inspection by the Fargo Inspections Department. Floodproofing a foundation adds between $4-6,000 in cost.
For all flood insurance questions call your insurance agent. For basement floodproofing requirements, call the Fargo Building Inspections Department 241-1561.
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