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2013 American Housing Survey Stats For Ohio


Total Residences

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

11.20 %

490,732 Homes With Leaks

Of this number, there's a 46.60% chance the water came into your basement. 228,628 Ohio respondants to the survey reported seein water enter their basement within the past 12 months

4.2 %

184,985 had foundation problems.

In total, 152,749 respondants stated there were cracks or holes in the foundation of the structure. An additional 32,236 stated the outside walls were sloping. All indicators of structural concerns.

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8 Common Problem Signs Reported In Ohio Homes
  • Cracked block walls
  • Visible water on the floor
  • Foundation appears to be sinking
  • Foundation appears to be sinking
  • Stuck doors
  • Water leak where floor meets the wall
  • Brick cracking
  • Water leaking through windows
Important Facts and Data To Understand
  • Protect yourself from shoddy workmanship by using licensed, reputable contractors. Be sure they secure the proper building permits. Beware of contractors requiring a large payment up front or whose bids are amazingly low. 1
  • De-clutter your basement: Move important documents upstairs and replace cardboard boxes with plastic containers. Raise items up on concrete blocks.
  • Heavy rains can cause flooding, which can lead to serious structural and other damage to your home. Water can ruin drywall, carpeting, furniture and major appliances, and can cause mold to grow. 2
  • A damp basement is commonly caused by moisture migrating through a concrete foundation. There may not be a sign of any leak or standing water, but the moisture evaporates, increasing indoor humidity. Another common cause is condensation on the cold concrete walls and floors during humid months.
  • 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.
  • Never turn on wet electric appliances because they may cause an electric shock, overheat, or start a fire. 3
  • If you need to correct moisture problems in your existing home, consult a qualified builder, basement designer, and/or insulation contractor in your area for specific basement moisture control measures tailored to your climate, type of insulation, and construction style.

Wet Basements Should Be Evaluated

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Valuable Related Resources For Ohio Homeowners

HUD Site

Ohio home repair info - from the Dept. of HUD


Official page dedicated to the state of Ohio


Recommended for insight into Ohio information.

Red Cross

PDF - Repairing your flooded home

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


PDF - Flood risk and insurance information

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