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2013 American Housing Survey Stats For Massachusetts

2,699,324

Total Residences

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

9.20 %

248,598 Homes With Leaks

Of this number, there's a 36.30% chance the water came into your basement. 90,191 Massachusetts respondants to the survey reported seein water enter their basement within the past 12 months

3.9 %

103,926 had foundation problems.

In total, 89,275 respondants stated there were cracks or holes in the foundation of the structure. An additional 14,650 stated the outside walls were sloping. All indicators of structural concerns.

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8 Common Problem Signs Reported In Massachusetts Homes
  • Water leaking through basement walls.
  • Water on the basement floor
  • Basement carpet is damp
  • Nail pops
  • Horizontal cracks in basement walls
  • Water leaks through cove area
  • White powder on walls
  • Basement smells damp
Important Facts and Data To Understand
  • Rainfall dumped in short timeframes can result in flash flooding that can last up to a week or more. Just six inches of moving water can sweep a person off his or her feet, and only a few inches of water can cause thousands of dollars of damage to homes and businesses. 1
  • If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes act quickly to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.
  • 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. 2
  • Turn on electric lights in closets and leave doors open to dry the dampness and humidity.
  • If mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mold promptly and fix the water problem.
  • The two major causes of basement floods are neglect of routine home maintenance and poor drainage, according to experts. 3
  • The two major causes of basement floods are neglect of routine home maintenance and poor drainage, according to experts.

Wet Basements Should Be Evaluated

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Valuable Related Resources For Massachusetts Homeowners

HUD Site

Massachusetts home repair info - from the Dept. of HUD

Wikipedia

Official page dedicated to the state of Massachusetts

50States.com

Recommended for insight into Massachusetts information.

NeedHamma.gov

Basement flooding facts/rainwater

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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