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2013 American Housing Survey Stats For Georgia

3,564,816

Total Residences

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

7.00 %

249,547 Homes With Leaks

Of this number, there's a 11.70% chance the water came into your basement. 29,273 Georgia respondants to the survey reported seein water enter their basement within the past 12 months

3.2 %

113,372 had foundation problems.

In total, 94,449 respondants stated there were cracks or holes in the foundation of the structure. An additional 18,922 stated the outside walls were sloping. All indicators of structural concerns.

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8 Common Problem Signs Reported In Georgia Homes
  • Vertical cracks in concrete basement walls
  • Water leaks through walls
  • Carpeting is damp
  • Pipes in basement are "sweating"
  • Windows hard to close
  • Drywall is wet
  • Cracks in mortar between bricks
  • Leaking basement windows
Important Facts and Data To Understand
  • Georgia has over 97,000 flood insurance policies issued. Of these, 56,000+ are in areas deemed to be "high risk" for flooding and water damage, including a wet basement. 1
  • If the leak has caused substantial water damage or mold you will want to hire a contractor who specializes in mold remediation and water damage repairs.
  • Between 1994 and 1998, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Building Assessment Survey and Evaluation (BASE) study collected information about the indoor air quality of 100 randomly selected public and privateoffice buildings in the 10 U.S. climaticregions. The BASE study found that 85 percent of thebuildings had been damaged by water at some timeand 45 percent had leaks at the time the data were collected. 2
  • 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.
  • The two major causes of basement floods are neglect of routine home maintenance and poor drainage, according to experts.
  • The first principle of moisture control is to keep liquid water out of the building. Sheltering occupants from water is a primary purpose of building assemblies including roofs, walls and foundations. Among the sources ofwater from outside a building are: rain and melting snow, ice or frost, groundwater and surface runoff, water brought into the building by plumbing, and wet materials enclosed in building assemblies during construction. 3
  • Start drying the basement as quickly as possible in order to minimize wood decay or growth of mold.

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Valuable Related Resources For Georgia Homeowners

HUD Site

Georgia home repair info - from the Dept. of HUD

Wikipedia

Official page dedicated to the state of Georgia

50States.com

Recommended for insight into Georgia information.

FloodSmart.gov

Hurricanes & Flooding - Fact Sheet

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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