As you might imagine, restumping a house can be a pretty big job. We are lifting a house up, removing its foundations and replacing them with fresh ones. Depending on the environment where the work is being done, the job can be either easy, or hard to access with all of the equipment.
But if it has got to be done, it has got to be done. At Black and White Houseraising and Restumping, we believe that anything is possible, and that every success is achievable. Having said that, after all of our years of working in the business we definitely have our favourite environments for restumping. There are a number of different factors that contribute to the toughness, or ease with which the house is rebirthed with a new set of stumps. Here are some of our ideal environments for restumping…
Flat and Dry Hard Surfaces
The flatter the surface underneath the house, the better, because it allows easier access to all areas where there may be stumps. If you imagine a house weighs around 36-72 tonnes – when we jack it up, we use big machines to do the lifting, the same way you would with a car, but a LOT more weight bearing ability. The quality of the surface and the stability of the ground underneath is an important factor that assists the process of how much equipment we will need to stabilise the house in its position. If there is a lot of moisture such as flooding, or a water course, it could make the ground unstable, which would require more equipment to ensure the safety of the building and its contents.
Adequate Sub-Floor Space
The amount of space that is available to get under the house is another factor of the environment that will impact the efficiency of the process of raising the house. If the areas under the house are easily accessible, this allows for ease as we do the restumping work. The more height that is there already, the better!
Access to all of the foundation areas, including the plumbing without the hindrance of vegetation is another optimal environment that is ideal for restumping. When buying a house that has stumps for its foundations, be mindful of where you are planting around the house, and be prepared for losing some of your vegetation in the event of needing new stumps, which could be anywhere from 10-70 years in the future. Some stumps need replacing every ten years, while others will last a lot longer, depending on weathering and pests. So talk to us about the right stumps for your needs and budget.