In Thursday’s budget deal, the state legislature took the first step toward helping these homeowners out.
It’s been a while since Vince Perrachio slept soundly inside his Willington home. His foundation is crumbling, with huge cracks you can fit your hand, or even a cell phone, in.Related Content: Budget passes House & Senate with veto-proof majorities; Malloy says there’s a problem
“It’s come to the point that I’m not so sure we’ll make it through the winter,” Perrachio said.
The first reported issue of a crumbling foundation was about 20 years ago. A state investigation found an iron sulfide material called pyrrhotite is to blame. When air and water seep into the concrete over time, the mineral swells and expands, leading to the severe cracking.
Now, after nearly two decades, the state legislature is stepping in to provide some relief. In the budget deal that just passed, $20 million over the next four years will go toward testing and identifying affected homes, setting standards for concrete, and replacing basement walls.Related Content: As a region’s home foundations crumble, so do town coffers
“It’s everything we wanted from the beginning,” he said. “It’s pretty encouraging, there’s some real money there.”
Vail believes it’s a significant first step towards making the northeast corner whole, something the affected homeowners agree with.
“I have guarded optimism. No one has signed anything. That’s the way I look at it. I hope everything will go through, but we know the wheels of government work slowly sometimes,” Perrachio said.