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2013 American Housing Survey Stats For Illinois

4,874,608

Total Residences

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

11.20 %

546,347 Homes With Leaks

Of this number, there's a 46.60% chance the water came into your basement. 254,539 Illinois respondants to the survey reported seein water enter their basement within the past 12 months

4.2 %

205,950 had foundation problems.

In total, 170,061 respondants stated there were cracks or holes in the foundation of the structure. An additional 35,889 stated the outside walls were sloping. All indicators of structural concerns.

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8 Common Problem Signs Reported In Illinois Homes
  • Cracked block
  • Basement walls bowing inward
  • Sump pump unable to keep up with water
  • Carpet is damp
  • Basement smells moldy
  • Moldy smell in basement
  • Brick cracks
  • Basement is damp
Important Facts and Data To Understand
  • From 2002-2006, insured flood losses in the state of Illinois totaled more than $16.7 million. 1
  • Water can seep into your house from the outside through a leak in the foundation, or small gaps around windows or doors.
  • If you plan to remodel your basement, it is important to control moisture problems at the source before doing anything else. Corrective actions can be relatively easily but sometimes, depending on the severity of the problem, they can be difficult and expensive. 2
  • Do not drain water inside the basement until most of the water on the outside of the walls has gone down. This will prevent the walls from being pushed in or the floors from heaving.
  • 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.
  • Damp buildings and furnishings promote the growth of bacteria, dust mites, cockroaches and mold, which can aggravate asthma and allergies and may cause the development of asthma, wheeze, cough and hypersensitivity pneumonitis in susceptible persons. 3
  • Most basement water leakage results from water flowing through holes, cracks, and other discontinuities into the home's basement walls or water wicking into the cracks and pores of porous building materials, such as masonry blocks, concrete, or wood. These tiny cracks and pores can absorb water in any direction -- even upward.

References

Wet Basements Should Be Evaluated

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Valuable Related Resources For Illinois Homeowners

HUD Site

Illinois home repair info - from the Dept. of HUD

Wikipedia

Official page dedicated to the state of Illinois

50States.com

Recommended for insight into Illinois information.

FEMA

Find flood map data and maps for various cities and states

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

King County

Cleaning a basement after a flood

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