Major Change for Crumbling Basement Assistance

The organization providing assistance says its own data drove decision.

The organization providing aid to people with crumbling basements will expand its coverage. 

Starting Monday, portions of condo foundations owned by banks and commercial investors will be included in calculations determining how much aid a condo complex gets. 

The Connecticut Foundation Solutions Insurance Company, or CFSIC, says not doing that in the past limited how much help it could give. 

It costs tens of thousands of dollars to replace concrete basements containing the naturally occurring mineral pyrrhotite, which experts say causes concrete to crack when exposed to air and moisture. 

A majority of the homes impacted are in north central and northeastern Connecticut, that had concrete poured between 1983 and 2016 by a now defunct company. 

Most insurers do not cover the problem.

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