January 23, 2017

Malloy to set aside $5M to help address crumbling foundations

PHOTO | Bill Morgan Media LLC
PHOTO | Bill Morgan Media LLC
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy..

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Monday he intends to allocate $5 million in state funding to help homeowners with deteriorating foundations pay for costs related to testing for the condition thought to be causing the problem.

Malloy will place the funding proposal on an agenda of an upcoming meeting of the State Bond Commission as part of the state's ongoing efforts to assist homeowners in northeastern Connecticut facing concerns due to the possible existence of the mineral pyrrhotite, which is believed to contribute to the problem.

The funding would be used to provide testing and visual inspections of foundations in order to better understand the extent of the problem while also assisting property owners with related costs for those tests, he said.

The Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH) is also planning to allocate an additional $1 million in federal block grant funding to further assist low- and moderate-income homeowners and help offset these testing costs.

In May of 2016, J.J. Mottes Co. and Becker Construction agreed to stop supplying aggregate for residential foundations for at least one season, following the state's determination that Becker's Quarry contains pyrrhotite. The mineral is believed to lead to failing concrete. Pyrrhotite is an iron sulfide mineral, and its exposure to oxygen and water leads to a chemical reaction that appears to result in deterioration of home foundations.

Under the program, homeowners will be eligible for a 50 percent reimbursement – up to $2,000 – for the testing of two core samples within their home. Homeowners who have visual testing conducted by a licensed professional engineer will be eligible for a 100 percent reimbursement – up to $400.

The program, which is being coordinated with the Capitol Region Council of Governments, will provide testing for applicants with homes built since 1983 and that are within a 20-mile radius of the J.J. Mottes Concrete Company in Stafford Springs.

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