Residential

Pyrite removal

Problems

Pyrite

The presence of pyrite in the backfill under the concrete slabs or in the concrete produces sulfuric acid, a substance which causes the bursting of the stone and swelling of the backfill.

Fuel (Oil)

Earth contaminated with fuel that pollutes indoor air and the groundwater.

Symptoms

Pyrite

  • Cracks in the basement and in the garage foundations
  • Cracks and uprising of the basement and the garage floors
  • Presence of white powder near the cracks

Oil

  • Fuel odors (fumes) in the air
  • Presence of oil on the surface

Causes

Pyrite

Use of backfill containing pyrite (stone non DB certified)

Fuel

Old heating oil tanks buried or leaking.

Solution

Pyrite

A laboratory test shows if the stone in the backfill has a high swelling potential. If this is the case, you must excavate the backfill and replace with crushed stone – DB certified (without swelling potential).

Fuel

The backfill should absolutely be removed.

Work to be performed

Pyrite and/or fuel.

  1. Crush the damaged existing concrete.
  2. Remove the backfill or any contaminated soil.
  3. Spread and compact a new backfill of stone DB certified.
  4. Make a new concrete slab.

Bisson Expert uses miniature excavation equipment in order to maximize the effectiveness of secure operations.

More information

Typical case of pyrite removal in the basement and in the garage foundations in Montreal.

Karpowicz family  

Gaudreau family