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Installing Wood Burning Chimney flues through an existing wall

Over the years we have received calls from Clients who recently had wood burning stoves installed. The flues were projecting through existing walls. The manufacturers of these stoves have guidelines on clearance distances between these flues and any combustible material. On one of the fires we acted on, the flues went through an existing stud […]

Faulty Plumbing Fittings

Recently we have been asked to assess numerous claims involving newly installed plumbing systems. The problems were specific to a push on ¾’’ fittings with a rubber insert onto qual-pex piping on the hot water heating system. The inserts perish over time (2-3 years). The heating systems were failing joint by joint, as each fitting […]

Duty Of Disclosure – When taking out an insurance policy

Potential policyholders (proposers) have a duty of disclosure when taking out an insurance policy. ‘It is an implied condition in all contracts of insurance that the proposer shall make a full and complete disclosure to the insurer of all material facts relating to the risk to be insured’. Anything concealed is considered fraud and you […]

Snow coming! Protect your roof

Last winter we assessed hundreds of properties with snow damage to the roofs. When a roof or gutters become over loaded with snow or ice it can do terrible damage. Most roofs wouldn’t be designed to take that excessive weight. Equally a build-up of ice in a gutter can collapse a gutter. Roofs can collapse […]

Public Authorities Clause

The public view of Property damage policies is that betterment cannot be claimed for and for the most part that is correct but there are instances where there is a form of betterment that is allowed. An example of what is not allowed is, if you have a standard laminate floor that is damaged beyond […]

Can an Insurance company use their builder to repair your house?

In 2009 when Ireland and the world was in recession, Insurance companies became concerned about the escalating number of property damage claims. To counter this, they decided to use their own builders to do the repairs and these builders would be paid directly by the insurance company. The excess on the policy is then paid […]

PREVENTING STORM DAMAGE

Every winter in Ireland we seem to get at least one storm. Even though your property insurance covers storm damage its equally important that you prepare your property for preventing same and keeping your family and belongings safe. Here are some tips: Clean all gutters, downpipes and drain cover. Leaves and debris can cause blockages […]

Safety Tips for Flooded Homes

General advice The floodwater that entered your property may cause illness if you do not take a few simple precautions. Pervious items including soft furnishings, carpets, sofas, curtains and clothes should be discarded Wear rubber gloves when cleaning up floodwater damage and watch out for broken glass and nails Any cuts should be covered up […]

How to Prevent Candle Fires

Candle fires are very common over the Christmas holidays. Every year we are guaranteed to receive a call regarding a fire caused by candles and it can happen so fast so here are some tips for preventing fires. Keep candles away from flammable items e.g. curtains, furniture decorations. Keep matches and lighters up high in […]

Cold weather coming

Given how quickly October turned cold this year the onset of a freezing winter could be possible. If your occupying your home and heating it every day, there generally shouldn’t be any problems. However, if you do decide to go away for Christmas it’s imperative that you take precautions. Make sure your boiler has been […]

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