The Connecticut Supreme Court will hear arguments about the crumbling foundations that are impacting thousands of homes owners this week.
About 35,000 homes in Connecticut and Massachusetts are affected by disintegrating concrete.
The crumbling foundations are linked to a mineral found that was mixed in the concrete from a Connecticut quarry.
The mineral has been found in concrete poured for house foundations in the 80’s and 90’s.
Locally crumbling house foundations have also been discovered in homes in Longmeadow, East Longmeadow, Palmer, Monson, and Ware.
Replacing a foundation can cost between $100,000 to $200,000 and according to Zillow the median home value in Springfield is about $157,000.
Insurers have argued that policies only cover fixing foundations if homes collapse.
But homeowners argue that under a 1987 state Supreme Court ruling, “collapse” can also mean issues with structural integrity.
If you suspect a crumbling foundation in your home the first thing to look for would be spider cracks with rust like colored staining.