Does Your Home Have a Crumbling Foundation?

January 23, 2018

Do you think your home may be affected by a crumbling foundation? Do you have general questions about the mineral pyrrhotite?

The Department of Housing has information that is readily available to Connecticut residents, along with ways in which to contact the new Homeowner/Crumbling Foundations Advocate. Click here for more information.

It is estimated that upwards of 35,000 homes in parts of the northern and eastern sections of Connecticut are facing a devastating issue due to the presence of a naturally occurring iron sulfide originating from a quarry in Willington – the mineral pyrrhotite. This mineral has the potential to cause deterioration of concrete foundations when it’s exposed to oxygen and water. Unfortunately the cracking, flaking, bowing and separation of the concrete has already appeared on some homes built between 1983 and 2011.

Homeowners in northeastern Connecticut who believe they are impacted by a crumbling foundation may apply for a reimbursement of the cost for testing their homes for pyrrhotite, by accessing this link: www.foundationtesting.org.

Concerned homeowners may also contact the Homeowner/Crumbling Foundations Advocate, Pamela D. Toohey at 860-270-8090 or email her at pamela.toohey@ct.gov.

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