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2013 American Housing Survey Stats For Connecticut

1,450,357

Total Residences

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

9.20 %

133,573 Homes With Leaks

Of this number, there's a 36.30% chance the water came into your basement. 48,460 Connecticut respondants to the survey reported seein water enter their basement within the past 12 months

3.9 %

55,840 had foundation problems.

In total, 47,968 respondants stated there were cracks or holes in the foundation of the structure. An additional 7,872 stated the outside walls were sloping. All indicators of structural concerns.

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8 Common Problem Signs Reported In Connecticut Homes
  • Water leaks through walls
  • Basement floor is wet
  • Water drops on pipes
  • Sump pump doesn't work
  • Musty smells
  • Water where floor and wall meet
  • Powdery substance on walls
  • Damp feeling in basement
Important Facts and Data To Understand
  • Residents in coastal communities are not the only ones who should prepare for hurricane flooding. Tropical storms and hurricanes are powerful systems with the ability to travel far from the initial strike zone. Once inland, they continue to bring powerful winds and heavy rains. In 2011, Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc along the entire Atlantic Coast, breaking 26 river flooding records throughout New York, New Jersey, and Vermont alone. As a result, there were nearly 44,000 paid claims totaling more than $1.3 billion. 1
  • Turn on electric lights in closets and leave doors open to dry the dampness and humidity.
  • Moisture causes problems for building owners, maintenance personnel and occupants. Many common moisture problems can be traced to poor decisions in design, construction or maintenance. 2
  • Rain and snow get inside. Rainwater, surface water and ground water, including snowmelt, may enter a building through leaks in roofs, walls, windows, doors or foundations. In most climates, rain is the largest source of waterin buildings. Rainwater intrusion can cause great damage to the building itself and to its contents.
  • Homeowners' insurance does not cover flood damage. This includes water leaks in a basement.
  • The best way to control dampness and mold indoors is to control the sources of moisture. Common problem areas include air-conditioning units; basements, attics and crawl spaces; bathrooms; humidifiers and dehumidifiers; and refrigerator drip pans. 3
  • If you have a large amount of water in your basement or if there is no basement drain, you may need to buy or rent a sump pump to get rid of the water.

Wet Basements Should Be Evaluated

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

Valuable Related Resources For Connecticut Homeowners

HUD Site

Connecticut home repair info - from the Dept. of HUD

Wikipedia

Official page dedicated to the state of Connecticut

50States.com

Recommended for insight into Connecticut information.

FloodSmart.gov

PDF - what to know - what to do

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

FloodSmart.gov

Inland flooding

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