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How to check if your home or business is on a flood zone

Flooding is a serious problem for home and business owners in Jacksonville, FL. The available flood insurance comes with a 30-day waiting period which might not be helpful if flooding occurs during the waiting period. One of the most common challenges among many homeowners is checking whether their property is in a flood zone. If this is your problem, you’re at the right place. This article will outline various ways you can use to check whether your property is in a flood zone or not.

Check the FEMA flood maps

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a tool that makes it easier to check whether your home is in a flood zone or not. The flood map shows critical information like floodways, zones and risk levels. The map labels specific areas around your property as areas of minimal flood hazard or annual chance of flood hazard.

Ask your flood insurance provider

Your flood insurance provider already knows your flood risk level. At 925 Partners we require your flood risk information when you buy flood insurance for the first time. In most cases, this information helps to determine your insurance rates.

Track changes in topography

With the growing economy, construction and changes in flood plains and topography, flood zone designations can change over time. If your home was marked as a low-risk flood area five years ago, the changes in your neighborhood could change for the worse.  Check different projects in your area and assess how they affect flood risk levels.

Hire a professional

Reading maps is not enough to determine your flood risk, as they change regularly. Consider hiring a property expert to check the property using the right tools and expertise. It’s even more critical if you suspect you’re buying a property in a high-risk flood area. A licensed surveyor can advise you accordingly or get the home elevated above the flood level.

Need more information about flood insurance or flood risk levels in Jacksonville, FL? Contact 925 Partners for all your flood insurance needs, and we will be happy to help you.

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