For those who are looking to buy a house, or currently own an old house, there may be reason to check what repairs might be needed in the future, and whether the house is in need of restumping. Most houses are built on wooden stumps, which eventually need replacing. There are particular aspects of the house to look out for that will indicate that it needs to have its stumps replaced.
Replacing stumps when it is first indicated will prevent further damage to the house and provide you with peace of mind that your space will last the test of time, and moisture. Often, they can be replaced with strong hardwood or galvanised steel for strength and durability. They say that knowledge is power and that forewarned is forearmed, so read on for some of the indications that will reveal tell-tale signs that a house may need to have its stumps replaced.
Sloping or Uneven Floors
If the floor of the house is sloping, it is very likely that the wooden stumps have started to rot and decay. Often, we may not notice that there is sloping in the floor until there is a large degree of rot in the stumps, but one way to check is to roll a rolling pin or a marble along it. Regular checks such as this can assist you in catching the issue so you can fix it as quickly as possible.
If you are aware of increased moisture around the stumps and foundation areas, due to weather events such as excessive rain or flooding, it is definitely worth taking a look at what is happening on the underside of your house. Moist wood is tasty food for termites and they eat everything on the inside, leaving a hollow space where they have been, so if there are signs of moisture damage you will need to have an inspection to check the areas thoroughly.
Instability and Decay
Other telltale signs that there could be a problem with the stumps or foundation are cracks in the plaster or brickwork, or decay of areas under the house. If the doors start to creak or do not shut properly this can be another sign that there is moisture damage in the house.
If you notice any of these indications, it is important to have the area assessed by a professional such as Black and White Houseraising and Restumping. It isn’t worth letting it go, as termites could be eating you out of house and home without any indication, until your house is literally falling down around your ears.