The Ottawa O Train runs under my century old wooden house and the increasingly intense shaking it causes feels like an earthquake Could this cause my house to eventually crumble

The Ottawa O Train runs under my century old wooden house and the increasingly intense shaking it causes feels like an earthquake Could this cause my house to eventually crumble

I suspect that although the train runs near your house, it does not run under it.The city could not build it under your property without some kind of legal agreement to allow this.As to whether or not the vibration could affect the structural integrity of your building.

it would take a full engineer’s investigation to determine that.Such an investigation would have to look at the nature and stability of the soil under and adjacent to the structure as well as the state of the structure itself.My understanding is that wood houses tend to be a bit flexible and thus should be able to absorb the vibration without problems but I can offer no opinion on the soil.

If this problem relates to the new line then I suggest that you contact OC Transpo and raise the issue with them.The vibration would certainly deny you “quiet enjoyment” of your property.

I agree that eventually the continued shaking will initiate and trigger the collapse of your house, especially if no reinforcements are being made to strengthened its main structures..If It’s as you claimed as “century old”, I would be surprised why it hasn’t collapsed yet being subjected to the regular intense shaking?It really should be a concern that must be brought to the attention of the “O-Train” people, for possible corrective measures..