Restumping maintenance is a vital process for houses with sub floors that are propped up by stumps. Restumping is the process of replacing old, weak or damaged stumps with newer ones made of either concrete or steel. Reason? To give your house a stronger foundation and prevent damage that may be caused by settling. If you live in a house supported by stumps, here are some reasons for restumping.

If you notice signs of settling

Settling is the process of foundation beams sinking lower into the ground. This can be caused by rotting of the stumps or when the ground level drops due to moisture changes. In the beginning, settling can be manifested by subtle changes such as slightly uneven floors, jamming doors and windows, or cracked paint on walls. In severe cases, settling will be clearly noticeable through cracked brick walls, warped walls and slanting flooring or even total collapse of walls. In some cases, settling may occur evenly so instead of the house tilting, it will slowly sink towards ground level.

Before renovations or major construction work

If you are planning to carry out renovations or any major construction in your house, you may need to think about restumping first. The reason for this is that adding more weight to the structure of the house will place additional strain to the stumps beneath. This weight will be as a result of the added structure you plan to construct or the weight of people, furniture and appliances that will occupy any extra room you build. Addition of new stumps will spread the weight and ensure your house handles the weight without risk.

If your house has old wooden stumps

If your house has wooden stumps, chances are that they were installed quite some time back. Today, wooden stumps are rarely used for support. This is because they are at risk of rotting due to water or infestation of termites. In other cases, water may cause warping of timber and affect the level of your house. If your house has wooden stumps, you are definitely going to need to replace them with galvanised steel or concrete beams at some time. Better sooner than later.

If you're not sure whether your house needs restumping, consult a house inspector. They will evaluate the condition of your stumps, the age of your house and the structural integrity of the entire house to determine a way forward.

For more information or advice, contact a company such as Earthworm Restumping.