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2013 American Housing Survey Stats For Nebraska

711,685

Total Residences

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

10.90 %

77,476 Homes With Leaks

Of this number, there's a 49.30% chance the water came into your basement. 38,201 Nebraska respondants to the survey reported seein water enter their basement within the past 12 months

5.5 %

39,364 had foundation problems.

In total, 31,670 respondants stated there were cracks or holes in the foundation of the structure. An additional 7,694 stated the outside walls were sloping. All indicators of structural concerns.

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8 Common Problem Signs Reported In Nebraska Homes
  • Vertical cracks in walls
  • Concrete cracking
  • Carpet is damp to the touch
  • The carpet is damp in your basement
  • Drywall shows water stains
  • Sticking windows
  • Leakage around windows
  • Efflorescence on walls
Important Facts and Data To Understand
  • Preparedness and hazard mitigation can save lives, protect property and lessen impacts of future disasters. 1
  • The source of your problem could be a water leak or high humidity. Both can lead to mold, mildew, or other biological growth. Depending on the severity, conditions can lead to rot, structural damage, prematurepaint failure, and a variety of health problems.
  • Keep indoor humidity low. If possible, keep indoor humidity below 60 percent (ideally between 30 and 50 percent) relative humidity. Relative humidity can be measured with a moisture or humidity meter, a small, inexpensive ($10-$50) instrument available at many hardware stores. 2
  • If mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mold promptly and fix the water problem.
  • 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.
  • 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. 3
  • 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.

Wet Basements Should Be Evaluated

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Valuable Related Resources For Nebraska Homeowners

HUD Site

Nebraska home repair info - from the Dept. of HUD

Wikipedia

Official page dedicated to the state of Nebraska

50States.com

Recommended for insight into Nebraska information.

EPA.gov

10 things you should know about mold

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

FloodSmart.gov

PDF - Heavy Rains flood risk

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