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2013 American Housing Survey Stats For Washington


Total Residences

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

5.30 %

131,402 Homes With Leaks

Of this number, there's a 6.00% chance the water came into your basement. 7,929 Washington respondants to the survey reported seein water enter their basement within the past 12 months

2.9 %

70,516 had foundation problems.

In total, 54,090 respondants stated there were cracks or holes in the foundation of the structure. An additional 16,425 stated the outside walls were sloping. All indicators of structural concerns.

Recent Work Requests

8 Common Problem Signs Reported In Washington Homes
  • Damp spots on the basement floor
  • Concrete cracks
  • Bowing in floors
  • Cracks in floors
  • Stuck doors
  • Cracks (horizontal) in basement walls
  • Cracks in drywall
  • Damp feeling in basement
Important Facts and Data To Understand
  • The West Coast Rainy Season usually lasts from November to April, bringing the majority of yearly rainfall to states such as California, Oregon, and Washington. Although flooding can happen at any time, rainfall during these months brings heavy flooding along with additional flood risks. 1
  • Moisture causes problems for building owners, maintenance personnel and occupants. Many common moisture problems can be traced to poor decisions in design, construction or maintenance.
  • Homeowners' insurance does not cover flood damage. This includes water leaks in a basement. 2
  • 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
  • Most basement water leakage results from water flowing through holes, cracks, and other discontinuities into the home's basement walls or water wicking into the cracks and pores of porous building materials, such as masonry blocks, concrete, or wood. These tiny cracks and pores can absorb water in any direction -- even upward.
  • Start cleaning your furnishings as soon as possible. Your aim should be to thoroughly dry and clean the house before trying to live in it or have permanent repairs made. Early efforts should include taking furniture, rugs,bedding and clothing outside to dry and prevent mildew. 3
  • Homeowners' insurance does not cover flood damage. This includes water leaks in a basement.

Wet Basements Should Be Evaluated

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Valuable Related Resources For Washington Homeowners

HUD Site

Washington home repair info - from the Dept. of HUD


Official page dedicated to the state of Washington


Recommended for insight into Washington information.


Northwest Rainy Season

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

Washington State.gov

Flooding facts for the state of Washington

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