Vulcan Basement Waterproofing Prepares as Rising Sea Levels and Water Table Poses Threat to Homeowners in NY Coastal Areas

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Rising Sea Levels and Water Table Poses Threat to Homeowners in NY Coastal Areas

Wet Basement

Hydrostatic pressure results in water seeping through floors or walls.... and eventually a wet basement.

"Rising water tables are will effect thousands of families and businesses in New York and Long Island"

Rising sea levels and ground water tables are affecting the coastal counties in NY where more than 62% of the state’s population resides. In an interview, Vulcan Basement Waterproofing ( executive, Mike Solmen, explained how rising water tables would affect thousands of families and businesses in New York and Long Island.

The Columbia University Center for Climate Systems Research provided a report on rising sea levels for the New York City Panel on Climate Change. According to the report, there are a number of factors contributing to rising sea levels globally, including elevated water temperatures and melting icecaps.

The report explains 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 geological forces are a major cause, the report does not ignore 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. This is known Hydrostatic Pressure. If water seeps in where the basement wall meets the floor or even up through the floor, the hydrostatic pressure must be relieved and the water diverted to a location where it can be pumped out and away from the basement. A hydrostatic pressure relief system is often used because it requires no outside digging or destruction of property. It involves cutting a trench in the floor around the perimeter of the basement, next to the foundation walls. The trench must be excavated down to the footings and in it a system of drain tiles laid. The system must be adequately sized so that it can carry off all the water to a sump pump or drain for removal from the house. After the lines are installed, the trench must be filled with gravel, bleeders installed in the block walls, and the trench re-covered with concrete. This is a method that was designed and invented by Vulcan Basement Waterproofing in the mid 1960’s and is still advocated today and implemented as one of the most common solutions.

Vulcan Basement Waterproofing is offering a free service to homeowners and business owners in NY, Long Island, NJ, CT, Philadelphia, and the Delaware Valley who are concerned about their vulnerability and would like to have their basement inspected to determine if there is a potential water problem. Those concerned can also learn how to check for basement moisture or water damage on the Vulcan Basement Waterproofing website by going to Here the early warning signs of basement water problems are described in detail. Vulcan Waterproofing even has a downloadable handbook on the subject of basement waterproofing and a downloadable DIY Guide. The Vulcan website ( provides a wealth of information on basement ventilation, mold and mildew, sump pumps and sump pump installation, French drains, and a host of things one can do to protect their biggest investment — their home.

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