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Is it common to have a drain-hole in the basement. I found this is a newly constructed home,NJ

Found this while viewing a newly constructed home in south NJ. It had a pump-stations nearby and the realtor was saying all homes in the development have such a circular hole (size of hoola-hoop) which people cover-up on their own. Is this normal?
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October 07 2009 - Woodbridge
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Good question.  There are two sources of water in the crawl space or basement of the home.  Ground water and water from the drains of the house.   On newly constructed homes the gutters and downspouts are the last things to be put on the house, so through out the construction water is pouring into the crawl space.  Once the house is painted, gutters and down spouts are installed, and water is sent away from the house.   The only way to get the water out of the crawl space is to pump or evaporate it.  Thus, the builder put in a sump to get water out. 
The other source of water in the crawl space is from ground water.  As ground water has a source, and usually  the source is usually from some other surface, and from underground interflow that is interrupted by a foundation, thus, becomes the place for water to collect.  In this case you need a pump hole and pump.  
I would recommend that you monitor the pump hole and if it collects water put a pump in it, if it doesn't fill it with gravel.
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October 07 2009
The hole was put there so the home owner can install a sump pump if its needed. The hole gathers any water that enters the basement and it is then pumped away. In many parts of New Jersey the ground water is near to the surface and this is a precautionary measure. Often you will find that a house gets warer in the basement whereas the house next door does not so its better to be safe than sorry.
In my part of New Jersey (the North) if you go into the basement of new construction you will see a 4 inch plastic pipe leading up through the house with no apparent reason. The  building code now requires a builder to put the pipe in in case there is Radon gas in the basement that needs to be evacuated.
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October 08 2009
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i think its an excellent value since it only serves to protect the homeowner... although hoola-hoop size seems big to me, i'm not familiar with new Jersey...


is it in the basement or the crawl?
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This doesn't seem out of the ordinary to me - I am sure some people put sump pumps in the holes.  I think it's great that the builder included the "hole" for the pump.
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