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2013 American Housing Survey Stats For Wisconsin


Total Residences

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

11.20 %

243,555 Homes With Leaks

Of this number, there's a 46.60% chance the water came into your basement. 113,471 Wisconsin respondants to the survey reported seein water enter their basement within the past 12 months

4.2 %

91,810 had foundation problems.

In total, 75,811 respondants stated there were cracks or holes in the foundation of the structure. An additional 15,999 stated the outside walls were sloping. All indicators of structural concerns.

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8 Common Problem Signs Reported In Wisconsin Homes
  • Basement walls are wet
  • Damp spots on basement wall(s)
  • Bowing in floors
  • Water coming up through sump pit
  • Stuck windows
  • Sticking windows
  • Water leaking through windows
  • White powder on basement walls
Important Facts and Data To Understand
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  • 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.
  • Water can seep into your house from the outside through a leak in the foundation, or small gaps around windows or doors. 2
  • Clean-up priorities will vary depending upon the kind and seriousness of damage to your home. But assuming major concerns such as structural safety, basement flooding, and electrical and water systems have been addressed, clean-up can begin inside.
  • Never turn on wet electric appliances because they may cause an electric shock, overheat, or start a fire.
  • Flood insurance covers your home's foundation elements and equipment that's necessary to support the structure (for example: furnace, water heaters, circuit breakers, etc.). 3
  • 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.


Wet Basements Should Be Evaluated

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Valuable Related Resources For Wisconsin Homeowners

HUD Site

Wisconsin home repair info - from the Dept. of HUD


Official page dedicated to the state of Wisconsin


Recommended for insight into Wisconsin information.


Interactive tool to see how mold develops in a home.

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


PDF on moisture control for design, construction, and maintenance phases of a building

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