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2013 American Housing Survey Stats For Arizona

2,427,638

Total Residences

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

5.20 %

125,111 Homes With Leaks

Of this number, there's a 8.60% chance the water came into your basement. 10,698 Arizona respondants to the survey reported seein water enter their basement within the past 12 months

3.1 %

75,186 had foundation problems.

In total, 58,841 respondants stated there were cracks or holes in the foundation of the structure. An additional 16,345 stated the outside walls were sloping. All indicators of structural concerns.

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8 Common Problem Signs Reported In Arizona Homes
  • Water on the floor
  • Bowing walls
  • Nail pops
  • Basement carpet is damp
  • Water leaking at floor/wall joint
  • Water leaking where floor and wall meet
  • Dampness in basement
  • Cracks in chimney
Important Facts and Data To Understand
  • Floods are a common and costly natural hazard in Arizona. Whether caused by heavy rain, monsoons, or the remnants of tropical storms, the results of flooding can be devastating. While some floods develop over time, flashfloods - particularly common in the state — can occur within minutes after the onset of a rainstorm. 1
  • If mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mold promptly and fix the water problem.
  • Identify and eliminate the water problem. The most critical step is to identify and eliminate the source of the water that is creating a damp environment. You may need technical assistance from a plumber or contractor todetermine what needs to be fixed or changed. 2
  • Keep indoor humidity low. If possible, keep indoor humidity below 60 percent (ideally between 30 and 50 percent) relative humidity. Relative humidity can be measured with a moisture or humidity meter, a small, inexpensive ($10-$50) instrument available at many hardware stores.
  • Turn on electric lights in closets and leave doors open to dry the dampness and humidity.
  • Generator exhaust is toxic. Always put generators outside well away from doors, windows, and vents. Never use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas. Carbon monoxide (CO) is deadly, can build up quickly, and linger for hours. More information. 3
  • If you your new or existing home has a crawlspace, you can also Install a 6-mil polyethylene vapor diffusion barrier across the crawlspace floor to prevent soil moisture from migrating into the crawlspace. Overlap all seams by 12 inches and tape them, and seal the polyethylene 6 inches up the crawlspace walls. As an option, pour two inches (51 mm) of concrete over the vapor barrier to protect the polyethylene from damage.

References

Wet Basements Should Be Evaluated

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

Valuable Related Resources For Arizona Homeowners

HUD Site

Arizona home repair info - from the Dept. of HUD

Wikipedia

Official page dedicated to the state of Arizona

50States.com

Recommended for insight into Arizona information.

Washington Post

Article - Maintenaince can prevent basement flooding

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

EPA.gov

Indoor interactive mold tool

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