House Elevation – Crawlspace Issue Unresolved

  • House Elevation – Crawlspace Issue Unresolved

    Posted by DaveAlston on February 3, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    I’m a homeowner in Texas in SFHA Zone A.  We were approved to have our home elevated through the FEMA grant program (HMGP).  Since the minimum required elevation/lift was only 2.1′ we elected to not have flood vents and to have the grade around our home built up to the elevated level of the slab and taper down to the original surrounding grade.  Our understanding was that the contractor would backfill the void created by the lift, therefore we wouldn’t have a crawlspace.  However, the contractor didn’t backfill and we now have a fully enclosed crawlspace approximately 26″ high under our house.  It’s my understanding that in my area, a crawlspace is unacceptable whether it’s above or below BFE, which is 34′.  The county has a 2′ freeboard requirement so technically I think BFE for my home is 36′ (DFE).  There’s even discrepancies between the initial EC and the under construction EC of approx 1′.  The two surveyors used different benchmarks which I assume explains the 1′ difference.  I’m looking for a credentialed consultant who can help me out with this and would also appreciate any options on the subject.  It’s a mess and only getting worse.  Any help would be appreciated.

    High Tide replied 2 years ago 5 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Andy Nold

    Andy Nold

    Member
    February 4, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    Where? If you’re in Houston area, I know a surveyor who does forensic type surveying.

  • DaveAlston

    DaveAlston

    Member
    February 4, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    I’m south of Houston near Angleton.  I need an “expert” who can offer input and guidance on FEMA and NFIP issues pertaining to crawlspaces under newly elevated homes.  Pretty sure my situation is outside of those guidelines and requirements but need an expert who can either support my position or show me where I’m wrong.  Someone who would also consider being an expert witness if this gets to that point.  Houston isn’t far.

  • brad-ott

    brad-ott

    Member
    February 6, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Contact the local flood plain administrator.

  • DaveAlston

    DaveAlston

    Member
    February 9, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    He’s part of the problem.

  • Jim in AZ

    Jim in AZ

    Member
    February 10, 2022 at 3:17 pm
    Posted by: @davealston

    He’s part of the problem.

    Contact FEMA and let them know that.

  • High Tide

    High Tide

    Member
    February 11, 2022 at 5:03 pm

    I am in League City, call me at 281-554-7739, I can help you, ask for Stephen

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