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Robert Thorson: Crumbling Foundations A Natural Disaster

Robert Thorson: Crumbling Foundations A Natural Disaster

Last week, my next-door neighbor asked me whether his house foundation would collapse. His worry came from The Courant's recent four-part editorial, "Pyrrhotite Kills American Dream, Homes Are In Slow-Motion Collapse Because Of Sneaky Mineral."

The editorials told of hundreds, if not thousands, of homeowners in northeastern Connecticut whose foundations could crumble because the concrete used to pour them contains pyrrhotite, which causes swelling and cracks. Residents in the area are understandably worried about the integrity of their foundations.

Hazarding a guess, I told my neighbor that his foundation was OK. My choice of the word "hazard" emphasizes...

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