There are potentially 42 towns affected with the crumbling foundations issue. This page is an informational page on what CRCOG has gathered regarding crumbling foundations and what CRCOG is currently doing to help our towns in this situation.
On August 10th 2016, CRCOG’s Executive Committee voted to form an ad-hoc working committee for Crumbling Foundations. The goal of the committee is to provide towns and homeowners with assistance in needed areas: including potentially helping in determining qualified contractors in testing, engineering and remediation. In addition, the committee could also study the development of other forms of relief to homeowners.
A Comprehensive Guide to Know Everything Related to House Foundation Damages
Upwards of 35,000 homes in a radius of Stafford Springs, Connecticut, are facing the potential for a failed concrete foundation due to the possible presence of a naturally occurring iron sulfide, pyrrhotite, in their concrete foundation. The concrete originated from the JJ Mottes Concrete Company in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, during the years 1983 – 2015. The mineral is found in a Willington, Connecticut, quarry that no longer supplies aggregate for residential foundations.
Pyrrhotite causes the slow deterioration of the concrete when exposed to oxygen and water. While the presence of pyrrhotite indicates the potential for concrete deterioration, its existence alone does not necessarily cause it.
The cracking starts small and may take more than 10 years to over 30 years to appear. Horizontal cracks or cracks that splinter out like a web are the most concerning. A rust color residue or white powder may appear. The sheetrock walls of a finished basement may need to be removed to examine the concrete. As the concrete deteriorates, it often becomes structurally unsound.
The damage is irreversible. The repair is to fully replace the impacted foundation with a new foundation that does not contain pyrrhotite.
The State of Connecticut is providing financial assistance to homeowners who have a crumbling foundation, due to pyrrhotite, where the home, condo, Planned Unit Development, or home addition was built after January 1, 1983, and before December 31, 2015.
The strength of a house lies within its foundation. The primary purpose of a strong foundation is to hold the house’s structure and keep it upright. Hence, a poorly constructed foundation might bring danger to not only homeowners but also the neighborhoods. With tall buildings touching the sky these days, it has become all the more essential to build a powerful foundation. While foundation problems can start small and grow gradually, ignoring these problems is all the more dangerous. Thus, repairing your house will enhance the grace as well as its longevity.
Apart from the exterior and interior cracks, house foundations must be given similar importance. Malfunctioning of foundations will give rise to unnecessary building damages. Here’s presenting everything related to crumbling foundations .