Guest MINDSETTER™ Gobi: Crumbling Home Foundations - Are You Affected, & How Can I Help?
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
It has come to my attention that this may not be an issue unique to Connecticut, and that several of my constituents may be affected as well.
The damage, described as spider or web-cracking, is caused by an iron sulfide called pyrrhotite that begins to degrade when exposed to water and oxygen. When present in the aggregate material used to make concrete the building material itself can be compromised as water and air enter through small cracks and holes which allows the iron sulfides to start breaking down, cracking the concrete and allowing even more air and water to enter. As it continues to degrade the concrete will swell, crack and ultimately fail. While the mineral is rare, reports found that all the concrete in question originated from the same quarry and supply company, JJ Mottes Concrete and Septic Supply located in Stafford, Connecticut. It is believed that an estimated 34,000 homes in Connecticut alone are affected.
In working with my colleagues in the Legislature, Congressman Richard Neal, Connecticut State Representative Jeff Currey, and Brian Luther from the Capitol Region Council of Governments in Connecticut, we understand that a comprehensive approach for damage assessment, repair and reimbursement must be in place and available for our constituents who are affected. How many Massachusetts homeowners are living with this issue is still unknown.
In an attempt to properly address this issue moving forward I do need your help, as the scope and severity must first be assessed.
If your home was built between the years 1983-2010 and you believe that your home may be affected I urge you to reach out.
To provide information you can:
- Fill out a survey by clicking here.
- Visit my website for more information and a copy of the survey here.
- E-mail my staff member Derek Silver at [email protected]
- Call my office at 617-722-1540 for assistance
- Visit my Twitter (@Anne Gobi) and Facebook for updates
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