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2013 American Housing Survey Stats For Texas

9,091,225

Total Residences

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

6.20 %

562,006 Homes With Leaks

Of this number, there's a 0.90% chance the water came into your basement. 4,887 Texas respondants to the survey reported seein water enter their basement within the past 12 months

5.1 %

464,265 had foundation problems.

In total, 345,581 respondants stated there were cracks or holes in the foundation of the structure. An additional 118,684 stated the outside walls were sloping. All indicators of structural concerns.

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8 Common Problem Signs Reported In Texas Homes
  • Water leaking in at basement corners
  • Bowing walls
  • Nails coming out of the walls
  • Visible signs of foundation sinkage
  • Basement smells moldy
  • Water where floor/wall meet
  • Leaking windows
  • Basement has a damp smell
Important Facts and Data To Understand
  • Hurricanes and tropical storms have the potential to unload heavy and sustained rainfall, which overwhelms drainage systems and causes flooding. Tropical Storm Allison of 2001 brought heavy rains that resulted in $4.8 billion of flood damage in Texas alone. 1
  • If you your new or existing home has a crawlspace, you can also Install a 6-mil polyethylene vapor diffusion barrier across the crawlspace floor to prevent soil moisture from migrating into the crawlspace. Overlap all seams by 12 inches and tape them, and seal the polyethylene 6 inches up the crawlspace walls. As an option, pour two inches (51 mm) of concrete over the vapor barrier to protect the polyethylene from damage.
  • 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. 2
  • If you have a large amount of water in your basement or if there is no basement drain, you may need to buy or rent a sump pump to get rid of the water.
  • Even when the flooding is due to a fairly clean source, such as rain water, the growth of these microorganisms can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals
  • Basements flooded with surface water, seepage through walls, or backflow from sewer lines often suffer little or no structural damage from the water, because the water inside braces the walls against the pressure of outside water and waterlogged soil. 3
  • 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.

Wet Basements Should Be Evaluated

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Valuable Related Resources For Texas Homeowners

HUD Site

Texas home repair info - from the Dept. of HUD

Wikipedia

Official page dedicated to the state of Texas

50States.com

Recommended for insight into Texas information.

FloodSmart.gov

Flooding In the Gulf Region

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

FloodSmart.gov

Hurricanes & Flooding - Fact Sheet

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