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Posted on: February 5, 2019

Crumbling Foundation Issues Meeting

If your basement has been inspected and an engineer's report confirms there is concern of if you simply suspect your basement is affected by the presence of pyrrhotite, please plan to attend an upcoming meeting to see if you may be eligible for assistance.


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2019

EAST LONGMEADOW SENIOR CENTER

FROM 11 A.M. TO 2 P.M.

328 NORTH MAIN STREET

EAST LONGMEADOW, MA 01028


Pyrrhotite is an iron sulfide mineral that has been found in at least one quarry in northeastern Connecticut.  Materials extracted from the quarry have been used as concrete admixtures and the concrete has been used in varied construction projects in/around the region.  Over time, pyrrhotite that is exposed to oxygen and water, reacts and causes swelling and cracking.  As a structure continues to deteriorate, it often becomes structurally unsound.


The cracking is not normal settling or shrinkage and cracks may take 15-20 years to appear.  Cracks may be horizontal, on a 45 degree angle, or appear in a spider pattern.  You may also notice white powder in/around the cracks, brown stains or drips that resemble rust may also be evident.


Representative from senator Gobi's Office as well as staff from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of Public Safety & Inspections (OPSI) will be present at each location to help determine whether or not your foundation may be affected by pyrrhotite and what assistance may be available.


Please also see information made available by the Massachusetts Residents Against Crumbling Concrete.

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