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Well im assuming ur under groud and concrete holds moisture and the humidity in the room Along with the florescent lights are making walls sweat or condensate. I'd purchase some very good water sealant and apply it.
Correct me if I'm wrong but from what I see floor level in the next room is higher than the one in the garage? If that is the case this could be either forced out solution (so garage slab wouldn't be too high for a car to come in) either very handy one. Handy because in case of some flood or whatever in a garage water wouldn't come right away in your home. ...
It is only an issue if it is load bearing. If it is load bearing then you cannot have part of your footing floating (in the first picture it definitely looks like the bottom plate is outside of concrete). Period. Is it a thing that has to get fix right away? No. Engineer will give you advice on fix. It is just a wall though and shouldn't be too costly. ...
From your pictures, it looks like it's just the baseboard that's overhanging the slab, not the wall itself. That's fine. Kinda weird to have baseboard there anyway. Even if the drywall is overhanging the slab, that's fine too (though a bit ugly and unprofessional). Only if the actual wood framing of the wall itself is overhanging the slab might you possibly ...
Historically, the frost line has been 42" in Leelanau county, in northern Michigan (http://www.leelanau.cc/howdoia.asp?rid=12). But with the severe cold spells in the past couple of years, where even southerly Kalamazoo, frost has reached down 5 feet in some places, MI municipal code officials may adjust that number downward one day soon.
I think that you should call an experienced mason to come and have a good look at it all. There are too many variables at work here, and a foundation is too large (and important) a structure and system to summarize with a few photos and a brief description. I don't know that you're going to get a helpful or realistic answer from us.
This doesn't look like foundation damage. This is a settling of the pathway around your house. Good news is that it doesn't look like serious problem, at least from what I can see from the picture. This issue should be fixed because it will only get worse, and then rain water will go under you foundation and that could be a problem. You should demolish ...
The solution to this horrible problem depends on a lot of information you haven't told us (foundation type, climate, lot grading, etc), but regardless, this is a job for a pro, not something DIY-able. As described, your house sounds completely defective, especially if it is "newer." Here are some of the things you'll probably hear and may have to do: Add ...
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