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2013 American Housing Survey Stats For Maine

535,726

Total Residences

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

9.20 %

49,338 Homes With Leaks

Of this number, there's a 36.30% chance the water came into your basement. 17,900 Maine respondants to the survey reported seein water enter their basement within the past 12 months

3.9 %

20,626 had foundation problems.

In total, 17,718 respondants stated there were cracks or holes in the foundation of the structure. An additional 2,908 stated the outside walls were sloping. All indicators of structural concerns.

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8 Common Problem Signs Reported In Maine Homes
  • Damp block walls
  • Concrete cracks
  • Sump pump not working
  • Basement carpet is damp to the touch
  • Stuck doors
  • Doors hard to close
  • White powdery substance on basement walls
  • Leakage around windows in basement
Important Facts and Data To Understand
  • Residents in coastal communities are not the only ones who should prepare for hurricane flooding. Tropical storms and hurricanes are powerful systems with the ability to travel far from the initial strike zone. Once inland, they continue to bring powerful winds and heavy rains. In 2011, Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc along the entire Atlantic Coast, breaking 26 river flooding records throughout New York, New Jersey, and Vermont alone. As a result, there were nearly 44,000 paid claims totaling more than $1.3 billion. 1
  • Building foundations are vulnerable to moisture problems for a number of reasons, including: water from rain and from plumbing leaks is drawn by gravity to foundations, which are exposed to surface water, rain-soaked soil and, possibly, high water tables.
  • The two major causes of basement floods are neglect of routine home maintenance and poor drainage, according to experts. 2
  • 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 pneumonitisin susceptible persons.
  • 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.
  • Turn on electric lights in closets and leave doors open to dry the dampness and humidity. 3
  • Mold can cause serious health problems. The key to mold control is moisture control. After the flood, remove standing water and dry indoor areas. Remove and discard anything that has been wet for more than 24-48 hours.

Wet Basements Should Be Evaluated

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Valuable Related Resources For Maine Homeowners

HUD Site

Maine home repair info - from the Dept. of HUD

Wikipedia

Official page dedicated to the state of Maine

50States.com

Recommended for insight into Maine information.

FloodSmart.gov

Inland flooding

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

FloodSmart.gov

PDF - Hurricane season flooding

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