Restumping is a common word used in the house construction industry when referring to the replacing of stumps in a home that has a stump subfloor installed. This process which is also known as re-blocking is normally required when stumps used in the house have settled due to the movement of soil; when the stumps which are usually made of wood have rotted because of moisture from the soil. Another reason for restumping is to strengthen an older house as it undergoes major renovations so that the structure is able to withstand the strain of all the construction work. However, it is important to note that restumping is not a small undertaking and thus should be done correctly so as to avoid any damage to the house in the future.
There are many reasons why home owners opt to have restumping done in their homes but not everyone knows the signs that will help them identify if they need the service or not. There are common signs that will help a home owner know if they are in need of restumping or not and they include the continuous cracking of the interior walls in a home, floors that are even or unbowed, the brickwork on the exterior has cracks, and the doors as well as windows not functioning properly.
Various homes will require restumping for different reasons because of the soil that they have been built on which will determine the rate of deterioration of the stumps. It is important to find out if a house needs restumping because if neglected it can cause the whole structure to collapse or partially collapse. Although restumping can be done partially, it is recommended that it is done on the whole house because one cannot be sure how far the rotting of the wooden stumps has spread and this may lead to more restumping in the future.
Restumping can be done with stumps made from a variety of materials depending on the preference of the home owner. There are three types of stumps that can be used when restumping and they include concrete, wood as well as steel stumps. The most common type of stumps are those made from galvanised steel as well as concrete stumps which are not vulnerable to various weaknesses such as rotting, attack from termites, and warping which is a problems faced by wooden stumps.
Another great advantage of restumping using steel stumps is that they are adjustable when they are being installed on site which saves a lot of time as well as effort for the contractors. It is advisable to hire professional contractors when restumping so that the work done is up to standard, although it might be somewhat expensive. The process involved in getting a home properly restumped is difficult and strenuous and thus should be done once and effectively so that the strength of the structure is guaranteed for years to come. Even when using DIY projects, consulting with a professional is still crucial.
With 40 years in the Restumping Business, A1 Restumping has the knowledge and experience to get your house restumped professionally and promptly.