Home owners in northeast Connecticut have been experiencing a "slow motion disaster" in the last several years as their concrete foundations crumble. The state attorney general released a report this month citing pyrrhotite in the concrete mixture as a "contributing factor." However, these home owners are still searching for financial help to fix the problem.
Connecticut's consumer protection laws offer little help, according to the report, because the state codes never regulated the use of the mineral in the concrete. The state attempted to create a voluntary fund for insurance companies to contribute to, but it never got off the ground. FEMA also turned down the application for assistance because it was not a "natural problem." Most home owners are not covered for this problem under their insurance companies.
Pyrrhotite has been identified in multiple other cases of concrete crumbling, such as the crumbling of 4,000 residential foundations in Quebec and a dam in Spain. Some home owners have filed class action lawsuits against their insurance companies and the Insurance Department of Connecticut is currently looking into a stone quarry that could be the source of the concrete.