Crumbling Foundations in Connecticut

As we all have by now probably heard, there is an abundance of homes in our area showing signs of having structurally deficient concrete...

UCONN is currently conducting a study to definitively identify the cause (scheduled to be completed by January 2017), but the most likely culprit looks to be a reddish-bronze mineral named pyrrhotite. This mineral, consisting mainly of iron sulfide, oxidizes when exposed to air and water and causes cracking similar to what has been experienced in our area. This mineral was the cause of a similar outbreak in Canada years ago.

A local concrete supplier out of Stafford Springs, CT- which is now closed- used aggregate from a nearby quarry that has tested positive for the mineral in the past, and seems to be the common denominator for these homes with crumbling foundations in our area.

The time frame these questionable foundation walls were poured is from the early 1980's to about the mid-2000's. One of the biggest problems is the cracking typically does not appear for over 10 years, and can potentially take decades to appear.

To see what towns are affected, take a look at the map here

The CCACB is a coalition that has formed out of this problem in an attempt to help affected homeowners navigate the ins and outs of this issue. I recommend reading further on their site as their is a great deal of useful information here to familiarize yourself with this issue, as well as avenues to take to join the movement to find a viable fix.

Another valuable resource to familiarize yourself with this problem and gain insight is to visit the Capitol Region Council of Governments website:

CRCOG is a voluntary collaboration of regional elected officials to share resources and combat shared regional problems such as this. That being said, we have been attending CCACB, CRCOG, and affected-area town meetings for months and have learned a great deal about the problem, testing alternatives and pricing, potential property tax reductions for affected homes, possible repair solutions, etc.

We would be happy to speak with you and tell you what we know as we stay at the forefront of the push to understand and fix this problem.

We try to update this page regularly, but this is an ever-evolving issue with state and local government involved, insurers, engineers, and homeowners themselves attempting to identify who is responsible and who will pay for repairs.

Don't hesitate to contact us via email through this site or give us a call to get the latest scoop.

We have been repairing homes with this problem for years.
We are a fully licensed and insured concrete and waterproofing contractor located in South Windsor since 1976.

We are a Better Business Bureau Accredited Member with an A+ rating and zero complaints.

All of our repairs are inspected and approved and, in all applicable situations, prescribed by an engineer.

We are the guys you want to be talking to about this problem.

We are your neighbors and have family and friends in these houses!

We can help, and we offer free estimates and guidance.

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If you or a friend has a crumbling foundation that you know or suspect is J J Mottes concrete, call us. The news recently has been alarmist and has homeowners all over the area panicking that they are in an uninhabitable home in need of an unaffordable fix. You most likely do NOT need a new foundation under your home (we are foundation contractors, as well). The first step is to have a qualified professional take a look at the home and assess options before jumping to conclusions. Our estimates are free, and we can help! Call today!

Eastern Waterproofing Co., Inc.
P.O. Box 504
South Windsor, CT 06074
(860) 875 – 6646

Just a Reminder:
The average size basement needs 1 sump hole and 1 sump pump to adequately discharge any water in the basement. An average sump pump pumps 3,000 gallons of water per hour. That is the equivalent of a standard oil truck. Some companies will try to sell you two pumps. Do you get two oil trucks full of water in your basement per hour? Check with your local building inspector to see what he/she recommends for an inside drainage system.

The proper drainage system consists of 4" perforated pipe encased in washed stone with filter fabric underneath. This system is put in place below the floor, adjacent to the footing.

Don't fall for gimmicks that call for a track/curb system that is not installed below the floor this method does not lower the water table under the floor!

Exposing your floor slab to excess moisture from below which acts like a sponge and results in the dreaded damp, musty basement.

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