In 2012 I considered selling my duplex since the outside work and upkeep cost involved in being a landlord had become physically and financially excessive. It was quite a shock when my realtor told me my home was unsalable due to the crumbling concrete in the foundation of the rental side. I immediately contacted my insurance company, which informed me they would only cover a collapsed foundation, not one in the process of collapsing. The irony is, since I reported the problem, I was no longer covered if the house did in fact collapse. In the mind of the insurance company, I was aware of the problem and did not correct it. My rental unit was vacant until I borrowed $40,000 to install two interior concrete walls.
Last summer, NBC Troubleshooters alerted me of the widespread concrete problem, and I learned of Attorney Brenda Draghi’s mission to bring relief to homeowners with concrete cancer. I hired a third structural engineer, and he confirmed the newly poured walls that I had financed with the $40,000 loan were not a permanent solution. He told me the basement walls of the unit I inhabited were collapsing as well.
I have worked hard to pay off my mortgage and become debt free, so I would have a nest egg at retirement. Now I have a home that is basically worthless and a large loan.
– Homeowner, Vernon
On December 29, 2015, the State of Connecticut hired University of Connecticut professors to help conduct a company to come into our home and obtain core samples of our crumbling foundation. This was a five-hour process and they obtained 10 samples.
core2The professor took our foundation samples back
to a lab at the University of Connecticut and we are waiting on the results! We were glad to be a part of finding the solution of why our and all the other homeowners’ foundations are failing.
– Homeowner, Tolland
We bought our house in July of 2005. We had the home inspected, and although there were some cracks, I was told that it was no big deal, and I should fill them in within a year or two. I filled in the cracks and painted the walls. Two years ago I noticed cracks on the outside of the foundation. I dug around the foundation and filled those in as well. Now I’ve noticed the cracks on the inside have gotten worse and there are rust stains. Some of the concrete has crumbled out and the walls are bowing inward. I am concerned with what is going to happen to us and our home. Please help us.
– Homeowner, Willington