Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rising Sea Levels Poses Future Threat to Homeowners in NY Coastal Areas

August 30, 2012

Rising sea levels and ground water tables are affecting the coastal counties in NY where more than 62% of the state’s population resides.  Rising water tables could affect thousands of families and businesses in New York and Long Island. 

The Columbia University Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR) report on rising sea levels for the New York City Panel on Climate Change notes there are a number of factors contributing to rising sea levels globally, including warmer than normal water temperatures and the melting icecaps. 

The report explains how the NY coastal area rise in sea levels is intensified by “… ocean currents, gravitational forces, prevailing winds, and rise and fall of the land mass”.  While the many geological forces are a major cause, the report includes the impacts of human development and activity as well as the “… potential increases in extreme precipitation and storms associated with climate change”. 

For homeowners in the affected areas of New York, the issue is the resultant rising water table.  As the water table rises, it exerts extreme pressure on the foundation, and over time, causes structural damage including cracks in the basement walls and floor, buckling of walls, and eventually water being forced into basements.  Vulcan Basement Waterproofing has a patented method for relieving the water pressure called a hydrostatic pressure relief system. 

Vulcan Basement Waterproofing offers free basement inspections and consultations to homeowners and businesses in NY, Long Island, CT, NJ, PA, and DE.  You can also learn how to check for basement water damage on the Vulcan Basement Waterproofing website.  You can also download a handbook on basement waterproofing as well as a DIY Guide. 

Please visit our website to learn more, and to request our Free Basement Inspection:

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