As Water Levels Rise, Buildings Can, Too

Charleston House Lift

Water levels worldwide are rising, and as shorelines change over the years and houses flood more frequently, homeowners are searching for alternatives to protect their buildings. The Federation of American Scientists stated in 2016 that between 1995 and 2015, sea levels rose 3 inches. No one knows for sure what water levels will do in the next 20 years, but they will likely continue to climb, and many property owners are weighing their options as they seek to preserve the integrity of their structures.

Wolfe House Movers works extensively with homeowners through lifting and moving buildings in flood zones and along shorelines. Our recent lifts have included multiple houses in Charleston, South Carolina, where homeowners are racing time to protect their historic homes from rising floodwaters. Raising the buildings in low-lying coastal areas like historic downtown Charleston can be an excellent choice, and homeowners quickly experience the benefits. Flood insurance prices that have risen steeply in high-risk areas are often reduced significantly by lifting a house. Raising a house also decreases its exposure to moisture, protecting the building’s integrity and increasing its retail value. And then there is the peace-of-mind factor, knowing that you are a step ahead of nature’s processes.

The Post and Courier featured Wolfe House Movers in an article earlier this year where the focus was squarely on the homes being elevated in the Charleston area. You can read the article HERE.

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