PK in NJ

10:12AM | 02/22/03
Member Since: 02/21/03
3 lifetime posts
We moved into a 23 year old house 2 years ago. There are signs of normal settling- small cracks above doorways, gaps/warping in hardwood floors and an unlevel kitchen floor. However, we’ve recently noticed a 1/8” crack in our basement floor and some hairline cracks in the cinder block walls. We’re not sure how bad they were when we moved in, it may be that we’re noticing them more now. We do know that the crack was not 1/8” when we moved in. We also have a concrete slab driveway that is settling unevenly.
1) The street in front of our house contains dips & bumps. When school buses, etc. speed by and hit these bumps we can feel the shaking, especially on the 2nd floor. Is this a foundation problem, or a road grading/paving problem ? Could this shaking cause our house to settle irregularly ?
2) We back to a wooded area that leads to a lake. The land seems to be graded properly, but there is still some moisture/white bubbling on the bottom of the basement wall that faces the backyard. There’s no history of water or flooding in the basement. The bottom of the sump pump only sits 12” below the basement floor. We never hear our sump pump running.
Should the sump pump be lower, like 24" below the floor ?

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