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Homeowners with failing foundations ask for help – Boston 25 News

BOSTON – A legislative committee heard testimony from residents of Massachusetts with failing foundations on Tuesday.

The Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture is considering legislation that would reimburse homeowners whose foundations test positive for pyrrhotite.

Pyrrhotite is a mineral that has been found in some batches of concrete aggregates. It is considered a geohazard because over time – typically 15 to 20 years – it begins to expand and break.

So far, it has been detected in nearly 2,000 homes in towns in central Massachusetts along the Connecticut border, as far east as Holden and Grafton.

Rutland owner Joann Demore told the committee she learned she had pyrrhotite in her foundation when she recently attempted to sell her home. “The repair cost is around $ 200,000. Even though this is a very early stage, there is no doubt that it will collapse.

“I see houses growing all around me and they maybe could still have this… so I’m just asking you to support this bill for me and other families,” Demore said.

The only confirmed source of defective concrete is an old quarry in Willington, Connecticut. A now-defunct concrete company operated it between 1983 and 2015. The quarry is located on a huge vein of pyrrhotite that stretches north-east to Canada.

The bill under consideration in Massachusetts is similar to legislation passed in Connecticut.

In 2017, Connecticut created a program to reimburse affected homeowners up to $ 175,000.

The money comes from the state bond and a $ 12 supplement on home insurance policies.

The committee will now decide whether the bill should be considered by the entire House and Senate.

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