Defective Concrete Used in Western Mass Homes

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Homebuyers beware!

Some homeowners in Hampden County are beginning to see major deterioration in their homes’ foundations due to defective concrete.

The concrete was distributed by JJ Mottes concrete company and used throughout this area from 1983 to 2017.

The concrete contains a mineral called pyrrhotite.

This mineral—when exposed to water and oxygen—breaks down over time.

The concrete itself will begin to crack and crumble within 10 to 20 years.

Anyone buying a home that was built between 1983 and 2017 should be cautious.

Hire an inspector who is familiar with pyrrhotite and who knows how to detect it.

Also, speak with your insurance agent and see if the policy you’re buying will cover the issue.

So far insurance companies have refused to cover affected homeowners in Massachusetts.

If you’re buying or selling a home and need an attorney, please contact me at

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