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2013 American Housing Survey Stats For Virginia


Total Residences

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

7.00 %

206,297 Homes With Leaks

Of this number, there's a 11.70% chance the water came into your basement. 24,199 Virginia respondants to the survey reported seein water enter their basement within the past 12 months

3.2 %

93,723 had foundation problems.

In total, 78,080 respondants stated there were cracks or holes in the foundation of the structure. An additional 15,643 stated the outside walls were sloping. All indicators of structural concerns.

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8 Common Problem Signs Reported In Virginia Homes
  • Basement floor is wet
  • Visible water on the basement floor
  • Pipes in basement are "sweating"
  • Pipes in basement are "sweating"
  • Doors sticking
  • Basement smells "like a basement"
  • Leaking windows
  • Water leak around windows
Important Facts and Data To Understand
  • Virginia has 113,512 flood insurance policies issued. Of these, 59,209 are in areas deemed to be "high risk" for flooding and water damage, including a wet basement. 1
  • Rain and snow get inside. Rainwater, surface water and ground water, including snowmelt, may enter a building through leaks in roofs, walls, windows, doors or foundations. In most climates, rain is the largestsource of water in buildings. Rainwater intrusion can cause great damage to the building itself and to its contents.
  • 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 2
  • If you have a sump pump, test it to make sure itís working; you might want to invest in a battery backup.
  • 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 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. 3
  • Brick or concrete can be damaged during freeze-thaw cycles and by sub-surface salt deposition.

Wet Basements Should Be Evaluated

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Valuable Related Resources For Virginia Homeowners

HUD Site

Virginia home repair info - from the Dept. of HUD


Official page dedicated to the state of Virginia

Recommended for insight into Virginia information.

Inland flooding

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

PDF - Hurricane season flooding

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