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2013 American Housing Survey Stats For Delaware


Total Residences

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

7.00 %

23,120 Homes With Leaks

Of this number, there's a 11.70% chance the water came into your basement. 2,712 Delaware respondants to the survey reported seein water enter their basement within the past 12 months

3.2 %

10,504 had foundation problems.

In total, 8,750 respondants stated there were cracks or holes in the foundation of the structure. An additional 1,753 stated the outside walls were sloping. All indicators of structural concerns.

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8 Common Problem Signs Reported In Delaware Homes
  • Bowing in basement walls
  • Cracking along mortar joints in walls
  • Water coming up through sump pump hole
  • Carpeting is damp
  • Basement is musty smelling
  • Basement is musty
  • Brick cracks
  • Chimney separating from home
Important Facts and Data To Understand
  • Delaware has 25,133 flood insurance policies issued. Of these, 17,885 are in areas deemed to be "high risk" for flooding and water damage, including a wet basement. 1
  • Mold can cause serious health problems. The key to mold control is moisture control. After the flood, remove standing water and dry indoor areas. Remove and discard anything that has been wet for more than 24-48 hours.
  • 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. 2
  • Give special attention to cleaning children's toys, cribs, playpens and play equipment. Boil any items a toddler or baby might put in his or her mouth. Discard stuffed toys, water-logged toys and non-cleanable items.
  • Typical symptoms of moisture problems. They include corrosion of metals, the growth of surface mold or wood-decaying molds, insect infestations, spalling exterior brick or concrete, peeling paint, failing floor adhesives.
  • The source of your problem could be a water leak or high humidity. Both can lead to mold, mildew, or other biological growth. Depending on the severity, conditions can lead to rot, structural damage, premature paint failure, and a variety of health problems. 3
  • If you clean up the mold, but don't fix the water problem, then, most likely, the mold problem will come back.

Wet Basements Should Be Evaluated

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Valuable Related Resources For Delaware Homeowners

HUD Site

Delaware home repair info - from the Dept. of HUD


Official page dedicated to the state of Delaware

Recommended for insight into Delaware information.

Inland flooding

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

PDF - Hurricane season flooding

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