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2013 American Housing Survey Stats For Pennsylvania

4,624,615

Total Residences

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

11.70 %

542,181 Homes With Leaks

Of this number, there's a 31.40% chance the water came into your basement. 170,320 Pennsylvania respondants to the survey reported seein water enter their basement within the past 12 months

3.5 %

161,665 had foundation problems.

In total, 132,609 respondants stated there were cracks or holes in the foundation of the structure. An additional 29,056 stated the outside walls were sloping. All indicators of structural concerns.

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8 Common Problem Signs Reported In Pennsylvania Homes
  • Walls in basement bowing inward
  • Cracks in block walls
  • Sump pump doesn't run
  • Floor gaps
  • Water where floor and wall meet
  • Stuck windows
  • Dampness in basement
  • Leaking basement windows
Important Facts and Data To Understand
  • Pennsylvania has 70,137 flood insurance policies issued. Of these, 40,080 are in areas deemed to be "high risk" for flooding and water damage, including a wet basement. 1
  • Homeowners' insurance does not cover flood damage. This includes water leaks in a basement.
  • 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. 2
  • Many moisture problems can be avoided by properly designing the foundation. Moisture problems associated with improperly designed foundations can be difficult and expensive to identify and fix, can create the potential for health problems resulting from mold growth, and can be a liability for building owners.
  • Get a quick glimpse of some of the most important ways to protect your home from mold by touring the Mold House. Room-by-room, you'll learn about common mold issues and how to address them.
  • To protect against rain penetration, you should also create a drainage plane within the wall system of your home. 3
  • Rain gutters: Maintain the gutters each spring to repair damage from snow loads and each fall to clean out leaves and debris. Add extensions to downspouts to take roof water run-off 10 ft. (min. 4 ft.) away from the foundation. Install splash blocks.

Wet Basements Should Be Evaluated

Visit this link to review repair contractors in various cities of the state.

Valuable Related Resources For Pennsylvania Homeowners

HUD Site

Pennsylvania home repair info - from the Dept. of HUD

Wikipedia

Official page dedicated to the state of Pennsylvania

50States.com

Recommended for insight into Pennsylvania 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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