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Connecticut homeowners speak out over crumbling foundations

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A group of homeowners with failing foundations met with U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy on Saturday. (WFSB) A group of homeowners with failing foundations met with U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy on Saturday. (WFSB)
WILLINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

Dozens of northeast Connecticut families said their biggest investment is crumbling beneath their feet.

On Saturday afternoon, a group of homeowners with failing foundations met with U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy.  The meeting was a positive step, but there is no easy solution ahead.   

Eyewitness News and Murphy visited a home in Willington that owner said had a crumbling foundation.  

“You can start to see how the wall is starting to bow inward,” Tim Heim said about his residence on Laurel Drive.

Heim's crumbling foundation threatens to cost him just about everything.

“How would you feel if your home is worthless,” Heim said.

Heim's problem is hardly unique as many as 15 of his neighbors and potentially hundreds of folks statewide are dealing with the same issue.

“The biggest struggle is the unknown,” Heim said.

Sandy Miller actually had to move out of her Stafford home because it was unsafe to stay.

“I don't think it hits you until you literally have to walk out the door for the last time,” Miller said. 

The common denominator with all of the affected homes is the local concrete supplier identified as J.J. Mottes.  Now the state is investigating. 

Murphy met with a group of the homeowners on Saturday afternoon.

“Getting our voices heard helps and eventually there gonna realize where we're at,” Miller said. 

In Heim's basement, the problem clearly won't disappear anytime soon.  The repairs would cost a quarter million dollars and Heim said if homeowners don't get help soon the issue will spread as quickly as these cracks.

“It's an emotional roller coaster it's day by day my wife and K struggle Everyday with what are we gonna do next,” Heim said.

The homeowners said a mineral called Pyrrhotite mixed in with the cement and over time weakened these foundations.

The victims hope their insurance companies will be forced to pay up or they can get some help from the state, but it’s unclear right now if either of those things will happen. 

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