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More concerns about pyrite in houses?

There are believed to be up to of 15,000 properties in Ireland which are contaminated with pyrite backfill. We hope that our website will help you find the information you require concerning all aspects of pyrite damage to houses.

When damage occurs as a result of pyrite under the floors it can be a very stressful time.  Generally you will find that some insurance companies and builders will make it both difficult and expensive for you to prove beyond doubt that their is pyrite under your floors before they will accept a claim from you.  Many home owners are finding that the cost associated with complying with these high standards is preventing them from getting a basis diagnosis or test carried out on their homes. These delays in some cases will lead to greater damage to the floors, walls and foundation resulting in a higher repair costs.

It is not unusual for cracks to be visible in foundation walls, structural walls and floors in your house, even when you don’t have a pyrite problem in your home. These cracks can stop the sale of your house as potential buyers will not take a chance in buying property which may have pyrite under their concrete floors.  After you go through this website and our main pyrite website you will get a better idea if the cracks and settlement in your property is the result of pyrite or settlement or movement to the foundations or structural walls.

Be Knowledgeable About Pyrite Damage and Pyrite Testing

From our experience some Insurance Companies and Builders are likely to take advantage of property owners who are not very familiar with what to do if they suspect that contaminated pyrite backfill may have been used under their property.  We have been working with our clients with regard to pyrite problems ever since the problem was first understood in Ireland. One of the greatest problems we find is that some builders and insurance companies make it expensive for property owners to submit a claim before they will accept your complaint.

Building surveyors who are  familiar with pyrite identification are aware that most builders and one insurance company now claim that they are not able to pay to repair the damaged property.

Our Government have introduced new laws in the summer of 2013 which will give home owners who have pyrite in their properties some remedies which will assist in repairing their property.

A current misconception about the ongoing damaged caused by pyrite is that damage to your concrete floors will become very evident within a couple of years.  This is not the case, research from Ontario in Canada shows that pyrite in the back fill can continue to expand on a gradual basis for twenty five years plus.  The research carried out in Canada, who have been dealing with this pyrite issue for going on thirty years shows that slow pyrite expansion can continue for at least thirty years creating similar amount’s of damage (as explosive pyrite expansion) but spread over a far greater time period.  As a result of this misconception that pyrite problems show up within the first few years, many property owners believe that they do not have a pyrite problem under their property until after their ten year insurance policy has come to an end.

In summary many home owners they will find that the quarry supplier of backfill, their builder or insurance company will not fully pay to repair their home and at best may only get a small contribution towards the repair costs if they are lucky. However the government have now undertaken to step in under certain circumstances to ensure that pyrite damaged houses are repaired. Dealing with pyrite damage and pyrite testing can be complicated for a typical home owner.

 

Testing for Pyrite in Backfill

Property Health Check do not carry out laboratory testing to confirm that your house is free of pyrite.  Golders based in Naas, Co Kildare are perhaps the the best known pyrite testing companies in Ireland.  We certainly don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but if your house has pyrite your test results will… Continue Reading

Pyrite damage in most cases can be more costly to repair then settlement or cracking in walls?

The damage that pyrite back-fill can cause is an expensive defect to remedy and stressful to the property owner.  Pyrite damage in most cases can be more costly to repair then settlement or cracking in walls so it is important that pyrite damage is not incorrectly diagnosed during the initial structural survey. The percentage or concentration of pyrite in… Continue Reading

Does rainfall affect the rate of Pyrite expansion?

Answer. Is the total amount of rain fall in Ireland speeding up the rate of pyrite expansion under our houses from what is happening in Canada. There is a mis-conception in the building industry and by some building professionals that the rate of pyrite expansion of contaminated backfill should show up more quickly or become… Continue Reading

Buying a Home with Suspected Pyrite Damage

Found your ideal home. Now that you have found the ideal home,  you can get ready to get all your contracts signed, organise your mortgage and look forward to moving into your new home. You have agreed a price with the estate agent and decide that its better to be safe then sorry and organise… Continue Reading

Frequently asked questions about pyrite in homes

Answer Pyrite in your home The damage that pyrite can cause is stressful to the home owner and an expensive problem to remedy. The possibility that pyrite may have been used in a small number of homes in a development can have a very negative affect on all property values in that development. The presence… Continue Reading