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2013 American Housing Survey Stats For Rhode Island

424,091

Total Residences

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

9.20 %

39,057 Homes With Leaks

Of this number, there's a 36.30% chance the water came into your basement. 14,170 Rhode Island respondants to the survey reported seein water enter their basement within the past 12 months

3.9 %

16,328 had foundation problems.

In total, 14,026 respondants stated there were cracks or holes in the foundation of the structure. An additional 2,302 stated the outside walls were sloping. All indicators of structural concerns.

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8 Common Problem Signs Reported In Rhode Island Homes
  • Vertical cracks in concrete basement walls
  • Damp spots on basement walls
  • Water droplets on pipes
  • Floors are bowed
  • Water where floor and wall meet
  • Basement has a musty smell
  • White powder on basement walls
  • Brick cracks
Important Facts and Data To Understand
  • Rainfall dumped in short timeframes can result in flash flooding that can last up to a week or more. Just six inches of moving water can sweep a person off his or her feet, and only a few inches of water can cause thousands of dollars of damage to homes and businesses. 1
  • 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.
  • 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. 2
  • The first principle of moisture control is to keep liquid water out of the building. Sheltering occupants from water is a primary purpose of building assemblies including roofs, walls and foundations. Among the sources of water from outside a building are: rain and melting snow, ice or frost, groundwater and surface runoff, water brought into the building by plumbing, and wet materials enclosed in building assemblies during construction.
  • If you already have a mold problem - act quickly. Mold damages what it grows on. The longer it grows, the more damage it can cause.
  • Identify and eliminate the water problem. The most critical step is to identify and eliminate the source of the water that is creating a damp environment. You may need technical assistance from a plumber or contractor to determine what needs to be fixed or changed. 3
  • Identify and eliminate the water problem. The most critical step is to identify and eliminate the source of the water that is creating a damp environment. You may need technical assistance from a plumber or contractor todetermine what needs to be fixed or changed.

Wet Basements Should Be Evaluated

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Valuable Related Resources For Rhode Island Homeowners

HUD Site

Rhode Island home repair info - from the Dept. of HUD

Wikipedia

Official page dedicated to the state of Rhode Island

50States.com

Recommended for insight into Rhode Island 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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