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2013 American Housing Survey Stats For Florida

6,975,699

Total Residences

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

7.00 %

488,318 Homes With Leaks

Of this number, there's a 11.70% chance the water came into your basement. 57,282 Florida respondants to the survey reported seein water enter their basement within the past 12 months

3.2 %

221,848 had foundation problems.

In total, 184,820 respondants stated there were cracks or holes in the foundation of the structure. An additional 37,027 stated the outside walls were sloping. All indicators of structural concerns.

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8 Common Problem Signs Reported In Florida Homes
  • Vertical cracks in walls
  • Water on the basement walls
  • Gaps in floors
  • Carpet is wet to the touch
  • Water enters at floor/wall join
  • Basement smells "like a basement"
  • Leaking basement windows
  • Cracked brick
Important Facts and Data To Understand
  • Heavy Rains. Hurricanes, tropical storms, and summer thunderstorms have the potential to unload heavy and sustained rainfall, which overwhelms drainage systems and causes flooding. Tropical Storm Allison (2001) dropped heavy rainfall across the Florida Panhandle that reached 11 inches — causing major destruction — in just one day. 1
  • During hot humid months, using a dehumidifier in the basement can reduce condensation on the walls. This may work better after you’ve sealed air and duct leaks to reduce the amount of humid outdoor air you arebringing into the basement.
  • Check whether the surrounding landscape diverts water away from the building envelope. Note any soil settlement or pooled rainwater. 2
  • The recommended approach after removing interior moisture sources is to evaluate the gutters, downspouts, and surface grading around the house. These should be corrected first and may solve the problem. Then, if a moisture problem persists, proceed with an interior or exterior drainage system. If your goal is to finish a basement that has water problems, it is recommended to first deal with the water problem.
  • A study by EPA and Berkeley Lab estimated that 4.6 million cases of asthma, 21 percent of the 21.8 million cases of asthma in the U.S. at that time, could be attributed to exposure to dampness and mold in homes.
  • Check whether the surrounding landscape diverts water away from the building envelope. Note any soil settlement or pooled rainwater. 3
  • 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 ofwater in buildings. Rainwater intrusion can cause great damage to the building itself and to its contents.

Wet Basements Should Be Evaluated

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Valuable Related Resources For Florida Homeowners

HUD Site

Florida home repair info - from the Dept. of HUD

Wikipedia

Official page dedicated to the state of Florida

50States.com

Recommended for insight into Florida information.

FloodSmart.gov

Flooding In the Gulf Region

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

FloidaDisaster.org

Severe flooding information

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