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Old Yesterday, 12:23 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Just FYI, the OP is in an area of southern MA where homes (and schools, etc) were built from about 1983 to 2015 using rock from a quarry in NE CT that contained a substance called pyrrhotite. Over time it expands and destroys the entire foundation.

1000's of homes in NE CT are affected, and HO insurance will not cover the failure.

https://www.masslive.com/business/20...-concrete.html

BTW, the OP has yet to say if this is their specific problem , or not.
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Old Yesterday, 12:29 PM
 
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Just FYI, the OP is in an area of southern MA where homes (and schools, etc) were built from about 1983 to 2015 using rock from a quarry in NE CT that contained a substance called pyrrhotite. Over time it expands and destroys the entire foundation.

1000's of homes in NE CT are affected, and HO insurance will not cover the failure.

https://www.masslive.com/business/20...-concrete.html

BTW, the OP has yet to say if this is their specific problem , or not.
I wouldn't consider Worcester "southern MA", but don't know any more about this. Are you saying that the aggregate in the concrete was this material?
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Old Yesterday, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Worcester MA
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I have no idea what materials are in the foundation, but my house was built in the 1940s.

There are cracks and one crack, when I'm in the basement, I can see to the outside! I put duct tape on the inside to keep anything from coming in (mice, bugs, etc...).

On the outside, in a different part, I can see that some previous owner had used some sort of material to fill in another crack.

Sometimes when it rains a lot for days, water will be in the basement, not the whole basement but a section, so somehow the rain water is getting in. There is not an obvious crack there, so I figure the foundation is so bad, the water just seeps through.

Also, my floors slant, so I assume that is due to the foundation. You can put a cat toy ball on the floor and it will roll down from one side of the room to the other.

I hate the basement as it is musty, the walls are crumbly and not in a good shape. So just daydreaming about a new foundation, but it's too much money to replace for this place.
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Old Today, 06:04 AM
 
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Well, OP, I think you need to have some foundation people over. It sounds to me like there are several things going on, and these may not all have the same root cause.


Whatever you do, don't rush into anything.


I suspect that there exists a fix that is less invasive and less money than "jacking the whole house up and sliding a new foundation under it" or "tearing the whole shootin' match down and rebuilding".


I would ask your neighbors, colleagues, and family members if they're local, if they've had foundation work done and would they recommend the person that did it - also, anyone who's had major remodeling done will have a general contractor reference, and that person will generally have a foundation specialist that they turn to. Word of mouth is going to be your key to finding someone who can do the job at a rational cost.
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Old Today, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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That sounds like helical piers which aren't what the OP was asking about.
No it was perimeter foundation. But it was not a complete failure. They only had to replace sections of it.
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