No matter how durable the materials used in your house construction are, it will eventually show signs of damage after a long period of time – particularly if your house rests on stumps. If damage occurs, one of the best solutions is house restumping.
What is house restumping all about?
House restumping is the process of replacing the foundation or stumps on a house that has been badly damaged. The common causes of damage are the following:
- Termite damage
- Rotten stump materials
- The soften due to excessive exposure of flooding
- A sudden change in the soil condition due to earthquake
- Improper installation of stumps
- Constant exposure to moisture
How will I know if my house needs restumping?
One way to find out if your house needs restumping is by inspecting it thoroughly. The inspection must be done by a professional house restumping contractor because they have the skills and tools to determine the condition of the stumps. But if you prefer to do it, you can look for the following signs:
- The visible cracks on the interior wall or exterior of the brickwork.
- The floor is uneven, bend or sag.
- The windows and doors are not functioning properly.
- The foundations are rotting or have huge cracks.
What are the material options in house restumping?
There are 3 material options for house restumping and those are timber, concrete, and steel.
- Timber is the traditional and most convenient option. Most convenient in terms of availability and affordability. The only disadvantage most homeowners noticed in timber is it is prone to pest infestation such as termite. But even so, timber is durable and can last up to 30 years of stability.
- Concrete may be a bit expensive and can only last for a maximum of 20 years, more than timber. But in terms of endurance, it can surpass all weather conditions. Also, it is non-combustible, doesn’t rot or infest pest, and requires minimal maintenance.
- Steel’s advantages and durability is closely the same with concrete. Their only disadvantage is maintenance. Since steel is prone to rust, homeowners are required to apply protective coatings. Some homeowner’s advice is to do the maintenance every 5 years, but this will always depend on weather and soil conditions in your location.
How long does the average restumping job last?
The answer to this question will depend on the size of the house restumping project. For an average size house lot (150 square metre, approximately), house restumping completion can last 7 to 10 days. But for a small-sized project, you can expect it to finish 1 to 3 days, approximately.
What is the process of house restumping?
The house restumping process starts by inspecting the house stumps and determining the areas that need to be replaced, treated or reset. Upon determining the problematic areas, you need to choose the materials you prefer to choose and hire the right builder for the job.
Once everything is ready and well-planned, the following process will be done accordingly:
Step 1: Clearing the working area. This process includes the removal of floorboards, plinthboards, damaged joists and bearers, and rubbish.
Step 2: Installation of jacks to make the house safe for both the builders and homeowners.
Step 3: Removal of the damaged stumps
Step 4: Digging a hole where the previous stumps are installed.
Step 5: The second inspection will take place.
Step 6: Placement of the new stumps.
Step 7: Securing the new stumps on the hole. Note: Builders will leave the jacks installed in the new house while the new stumps are getting settled.
After all the work has been done, the builder will come back 2 to 3 days later to check the status of the new stumps. Once the new stumps are settled, they will then remove all the jacks and re-install the floorboards or plinthboards.
Do we need to move out during the house restumping process?
No, builders don’t require the occupants to move out during the whole process. This is a good opportunity for you to monitor the working process. You will able to check if all the materials and job delivered met your standards and in accordance with the contract.
Where I can find the best builder for house restumping?
The common resources where you can find a builder for house restumping are newspaper ads, white and yellow pages, internet, and tradie apps. All these resources are effective, but if you want guaranteed high-quality work, the best way you can do is either ask for a recommendation (neighbours, family or friends) or find a registered master builder in your city and seek for advice.
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