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Wally Brisson, of Stafford Springs, is one of thousands of homeowners who experts said have been impacted by the crumbling foundation epidemic. (WFSB) Wally Brisson, of Stafford Springs, is one of thousands of homeowners who experts said have been impacted by the crumbling foundation epidemic. (WFSB)
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    Homeowners said a mineral called Pyrrhotite, an iron-sulfide possibly mined from a local quarry and mixed to make cement, is to blame for the crumbling foundations. (WFSB)Homeowners said a mineral called Pyrrhotite, an iron-sulfide possibly mined from a local quarry and mixed to make cement, is to blame for the crumbling foundations. (WFSB)

    Dozens of homeowners in the northeastern part of the state said they are trapped with crumbling foundations in houses that they can’t sell.

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    Dozens of homeowners in the northeastern part of the state said they are trapped with crumbling foundations in houses that they can’t sell.

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STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT (WFSB) -

Thousands of homeowners in Connecticut are being challenged with cracked basement walls, all of whom are part of the state’s crumbling foundation epidemic.

Experts said this whole problem likely started because a concrete supplier mixed the harmful mineral called “Pyrrhotite” into home foundations all over the state.

Unfortunately, the victims have a lot more to deal with than just ugly concrete.

Wally Brisson, of Stafford Springs, is one of thousands of homeowners who experts said have been impacted by the crumbling foundation epidemic, but he said he considers himself lucky.

"I worked all my life to have this home built....and find it crumbling beneath my feet,” Brisson said.

Contractor John Soucy poured Wally and his wife Kathy a brand new foundation, making it feel like a fresh start.

“I can actually start to go on with my life,” Brisson said.

Getting to that point wasn’t easy, even after Brisson took care of the demolition work himself to save money, the repair bill still neared six figures.

The couple made the difficult decision to refinance their home so they could stay.

"It’s costing me $650 more a month than it was before...just so I can live in my home,” Brisson said.

The sacrifices don’t end there either.

The contractor had to cut the home’s running water and heat during the five weeks the repairs are taking.

Thankfully the project is almost over and the Brisson couple can go back to normal life soon.

There are thousands of others who are still living with their biggest investment, crumbling beneath their feet, and the scariest part of it is the uncertainty they all must deal with.

So far, insurance companies have been denying the majority of the claims made by homeowners, which has led to a long list of lawsuits.

The Department of Consumer Protection is investigating the situation and there will be a public meeting on Wednesday May 11 in Mansfield.

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