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2013 American Housing Survey Stats For Alabama


Total Residences

This number includes both single-family dwellings, as well as apartments, condos, and rental/short-stay locations.

8.40 %

158,832 Homes With Leaks

Of this number, there's a 10.40% chance the water came into your basement. 16,529 Alabama respondants to the survey reported seein water enter their basement within the past 12 months

3.4 %

65,083 had foundation problems.

In total, 49,587 respondants stated there were cracks or holes in the foundation of the structure. An additional 15,496 stated the outside walls were sloping. All indicators of structural concerns.

Recent Work Requests

8 Common Problem Signs Reported In Alabama Homes
  • Corners of basement show water marks
  • Bowing walls
  • Wet carpet
  • Sump pump isn't running
  • Drywall shows water damage
  • Drywall shows water stains
  • Brick cracks on outside of home
  • Dampness in the basement
Important Facts and Data To Understand
  • From 1998-2007, insured flood loses in the state of Alabama totaled more than $730 million. This includes damages cased by a wet basement. 1
  • Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  • Basements flooded with surface water, seepage through walls, or backflow from sewer lines often suffer little or no structural damage from the water, because the water inside braces the walls against the pressure of outside water and waterlogged soil. 2
  • Homeowners' insurance does not cover flood damage. This includes water leaks in a basement.
  • Areas with high level humidity and moist materials provide an ideal environment for the growth of microorganisms, which could result in continued or additional health hazards such as allergic reactions.
  • Even when the flooding is due to a fairly clean source, such as rain water, the growth of these microorganisms can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals 3
  • High humidity outside can make indoor air more humid, increasing the risk of moisture damage indoors, such as mold growth or wood rot.

Wet Basements Should Be Evaluated

Visit this link to review repair contractors in various cities of the state.

Valuable Related Resources For Alabama Homeowners

HUD Site

Alabama home repair info - from the Dept. of HUD


Official page dedicated to the state of Alabama

Recommended for insight into Alabama information.

Flooding In the Gulf Region

Education on the problems caused by water and flooding, especially related to your basement, is a critical step!


What to do after a flood affects your home.

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