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2013 American Housing Survey Stats For New York


Total Residences

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

11.70 %

834,088 Homes With Leaks

Of this number, there's a 31.40% chance the water came into your basement. 262,020 New York respondants to the survey reported seein water enter their basement within the past 12 months

3.5 %

248,705 had foundation problems.

In total, 204,004 respondants stated there were cracks or holes in the foundation of the structure. An additional 44,700 stated the outside walls were sloping. All indicators of structural concerns.

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8 Common Problem Signs Reported In New York Homes
  • Vertical cracks
  • Concrete cracked
  • Nail pops
  • Sinking foundation
  • Water leaks through cove area
  • Horizontal cracks in basement walls
  • Brick cracks on outside of home
  • Damp feeling in basement
Important Facts and Data To Understand
  • New Jersey has 232,815 flood insurance policies issued. Of these, 197,192 are in areas deemed to be "high risk" for flooding and water damage, including a wet basement. 1
  • It is a myth that installing vapor barriers is the most important step for controlling moisture in walls. Vapor barriers only retard moisture due to diffusion, while most moisture enters walls either through fluid capillary action or as water vapor through air leaks.
  • If you have standing water on the floor of your basement after a heavy rain then it is likely from a leak in the foundation. 2
  • Wash with a disinfectant, such as chlorine bleach, pine oil or a phenolic product, such as Lysol. Remember, a product is considered to be a "disinfectant" only if it is labeled as such. Rinse well.
  • 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, premature paint failure, and a variety of health problems.
  • Inspect the foundation for changes in existing cracks and for new cracks that might indicate water problems. 3
  • Inspect the foundation for changes in existing cracks and for new cracks that might indicate water problems.

Wet Basements Should Be Evaluated

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Valuable Related Resources For New York Homeowners

HUD Site

New York home repair info - from the Dept. of HUD


Official page dedicated to the state of New York

Recommended for insight into New York information.

PDF - Hurricane season flooding

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

Inland flooding

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