We purchased our home in Somers in 2005. At that time, the home inspector we hired noticed a few hairline cracks in the basement walls, but felt they were “cosmetic” in nature, and rated the condition of the foundation as “good.” Boy it sure would have been nice if the State of Connecticut had issued advisories to realtors/inspectors when they first knew of this problem back in 2002. Of course that was not the case, so we—the homebuyer—and the home inspector, were unaware of the concrete problem. We trusted our inspector’s judgement and bought the house. As the years went on, we noticed those cracks were getting bigger; and suddenly, there were quite a few more of them. When we saw a front page article about this topic in the Journal Inquirer, we recognized the similarity to our own home and knew instantly we had a huge problem. At a neighborhood party we casually mentioned it to see if anyone else on the street had this issue as well. It turned out that at least two other homes did. They were built by the same builder as ours, so likely used the same contractors and materials.
We have had a structural engineer—Bill Neal—complete an inspection and report, and he has confirmed what we already suspected, our foundation is not sound and must be replaced. We filed a claim along with Bill’s report, with the State Department of Consumer Protection. As we look at trying to fix this problem, there aren’t any options. The enormous cost to repair is a burden that will threaten our ability to retire with dignity. It’s devastating to know our home, which we bought at the height of the market and sunk more money into to make improvements, is now—11 years later—impossible to sell, and is of nominal value at best. We are hopeful that if all those affected by this natural disaster continue to stand together, something positive, in the way of relief, will come out of it.
– Homeowners, Somers