Crumbling CT Home Foundations: Homeowner Liability

Crumbling CT Home Foundations Homeowner Liability A recent series of cracking concrete foundations in Eastern Connecticut has caused major grief among homeowners. The foundations affected are believed to have been poured anywhere from 1983 to 1992. As the proper steps to handle this issue are discussed, don’t hesitate to notify your Connecticut Homeowners Insurance company if you are affected.

Each affected person who is aware of the company that poured their concrete foundations cites J.J. Mottes of Stafford Springs as the culprit. Out of nearly 70 incident reports, only a handful of the homeowners didn’t have information on who poured their concrete, as they purchased the home years after it was built. Contractors described this disastrous event as a unique scenario because the damage can take 15 years or more to show. Although they declined to comment on any building practices prior to 1998, President John Patton of J.J. Mottes responded to NBC Connecticut by stating that the company has “begun working with managers, geologists and testing labs to review all manufacturing methods and materials” in an attempt to resolve the issue.

Why Foundations Crumble

According to Country Living, the crumbling foundations in Connecticut could be attributed to the foundations being created from a cement mixture containing pyrrhotite. Pyrrhotite is an iron sulfide mineral, which reacts to oxygen and water with swelling and cracking.

If You Have a Failing Foundation

Attorneys Michael Parker and Brenda Draghi stated that if your home is affected by failing foundations, the following steps should be taken to promptly remedy the situation.

  • Contact a building inspector or a licensed structural engineer to evaluate your property and test the concrete.
  • During the inspection, individually address cracks in the foundation in order to receive the most comprehensive evaluation and repair plan.
  • If they determine your foundation is failing, contact an attorney who has experience in this specific legal process.
  • Be prepared for legal fees, as these cases have taken an average of 18 months to settle
  • Notify your homeowner’s insurance company of the damages.

About Byrnes

At Byrnes Agency, we strive to provide adequate coverage to protect your biggest investment – your home. To learn more about our homeowners insurance, as well as our other personal lines, contact us today at one of our three locations.

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Phone: (860) 774-8549
394 Lake Rd
Dayville, CT 06241
United States
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Phone: (860) 886-5498
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Norwich, CT 06360
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Phone: (860) 928-7928
1226 Connecticut 169
Woodstock, CT 06281
United States
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