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2013 American Housing Survey Stats For Iowa

1,177,085

Total Residences

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

10.90 %

128,140 Homes With Leaks

Of this number, there's a 49.30% chance the water came into your basement. 63,182 Iowa respondants to the survey reported seein water enter their basement within the past 12 months

5.5 %

65,106 had foundation problems.

In total, 52,381 respondants stated there were cracks or holes in the foundation of the structure. An additional 12,725 stated the outside walls were sloping. All indicators of structural concerns.

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8 Common Problem Signs Reported In Iowa Homes
  • Water leaks in basement corners
  • Visible water on the floor
  • Nail pops
  • Sump pump doesn't work
  • Windows "Stick"
  • Water leaking through floor/wall joint
  • Powdery substance on walls
  • Damp feeling in basement
Important Facts and Data To Understand
  • Flooding due to snowmelt most often occurs in the spring when rapidly warming temperatures quickly melt the snow. The water runs off the already saturated ground into nearby streams and rivers, causing them to rapidly rise and, in some cases, overflow their banks 1
  • Over 60 percent of homes have a leaking basement. Wet basements tend to be one of the most frequent complaints of homeowners. If you have a damp basement, musty odors, efflorescence ("white powder"), or minor water leaks, it is important to fix it now before it gets worse or more costly, and before it has the potential for causing indoor air quality issues.
  • Rain gutters: Maintain the gutters each spring to repair damage from snow loads and each fall to clean out leaves and debris. Add extensions to downspouts to take roof water run-off 10 ft. (min. 4 ft.) away from the foundation. Install splash blocks. 2
  • The best way to approach any building problem is to first do the things that are easy and low cost. Then proceed in a logical order doing the next least costly technique with the most positive likely result. With moisture problems, the best approach is almost always to remove or control the source of the moisture, not to try to stop it at the last line of defense.
  • Crawl spaces and basements are holes in the ground and have more extensive contact with soil than slab-on-grade foundations.
  • Crawl spaces and basements are holes in the ground and have more extensive contact with soil than slab-on-grade foundations. 3
  • Heavy rains can cause flooding, which can lead to serious structural and other damage to your home. Water can ruin drywall, carpeting, furniture and major appliances, and can cause mold to grow.

References

Wet Basements Should Be Evaluated

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

Valuable Related Resources For Iowa Homeowners

HUD Site

Iowa home repair info - from the Dept. of HUD

Wikipedia

Official page dedicated to the state of Iowa

50States.com

Recommended for insight into Iowa information.

FloodSmart.gov

Flood Facts

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

Washington Post

Article - Maintenaince can prevent basement flooding

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