Defective Foundations

Tiger Group, Inc. Policy Statement Concerning Defective Foundations and Concrete Conditions in Connecticut

As a leader in the field of Home and Building Inspections in Connecticut, Tiger Group, Inc.has inspected and identified thousands of defective concrete foundations, floor slabs and precast concrete products since 1992.

Our management team has implemented a strategy to deal with this issue. Tiger Home and Building Inspectorshave received additional training to visually identify, to the degree that one can, defective concrete conditions. Further training will be provided as more information and updates become available.

Our mission is to provide clear and sensible guidance to our clients so that they are well informed of the building conditions at the time of the inspection.  If a determination is made that there may be a foundation/concrete concern, our Inspector will direct clients to seek further evaluation of the affected areas by an independent third-party engineering firm.  If you require Engineering assistance, we have a list of third-party service providers who can be of assistance on our Contractor Network  and there are links below to additional engineering resources.

We understand the real estate process.  Our highly experienced and trained Inspectors will provide a thorough inspection, documented in a timely report that will allow clients to make informed decisions and proceed with confidence.  Most importantly we will stand behind our work with integrity, as we have done for decades.

Very truly yours,

Joe DeLaurentis JR.

Some History and Resources:

In August 2015 Governor Malloy called upon the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, in conjunction with the Attorney General’s Office, to conduct an investigation into the cause of these concrete defects. Clients are advised to go to the website for updates as new information may be added at any time.

Additional Resources Available to Homeowners from the Department of Consumer Protection:

 

Additional Information is available through the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG).

Crumbling Foundations Testing Reimbursement Program

Homeowners who are suffering from crumbling foundations or suspect they may have pyrrhotite in their foundations can get reimbursed for core testing or visual inspections of their foundations. Governor Malloy initiated this program using bond funding and is a grant program through the Department of Housing with the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) as the administrator.

Program Eligibility

  • Homeowners. In the case of Condos and Planned Unit Developments, the owner of the foundation.
  • Homes built on or after 1983 or Additions built on or after 1983.
  • Visual Inspection must be performed by a licensed professional engineer. Licensed Home Inspectors (HOI) are not licensed engineers. Please see Testing Guidelines regarding what the visual inspection should include. Core tests do not have the structural engineer requirement.
  • The home or addition is within a 20-mile radius of J.J. Mottes Concrete Company in Stafford Springs or via a waiver for homes outside the 20-mile radius.

 

Testing Guidelines

  • CRCOG and Department of Housing are in the process of developing guidelines for testing.
  • CRCOG and DOH are recommending that Visual Testing performed after January 1, 2018 follow the following guidelines and will require that they follow the guidelines for all visual testing performed after February 1, 2018:
  • Visual Testing Guidelines
  • Core Testing Guidelines are still under development
  • CRCOG has a qualified vendor list for structural engineers and remediation. Please note: you do NOT have to use an engineer from the list in order to receive reimbursement through the Concrete Testing Program. Click here for CRCOG’s qualified vendor list

 

CT REALTORS® created a voluntary Concrete Combined Advisory and Disclosure Form to assist REALTORS® working with clients and customers in receiving important information about the crumbling foundation issue and ensuring specific information is asked and disclosed related to seller knowledge about any repairs, tests and inspections on a subject property.

There are two versions of the form, one for buyers and one combined advisory and disclosure for buyers and sellers. The Combined Advisory and Disclosure and Buyer’s Advisory are available through these links provided by the CT Realtors.

The Connecticut Foundation Solutions Indemnity Company, Inc. (“CFSIC”), the company that has been charged with providing financial assistance to homeowners affected by the crumbling foundations natural disaster.