For many older style Queenslander homes, there is often the need to replace some or all of the stumps due to weathering and decay over time. If you have bought a house such as this, you may find that some of the stumps have already been replaced, so it makes sense to replace the others to ensure that your foundations are strong for many years to come.
As with any restumping work, this work needs to be carried out by a professional because there is a lot that can go wrong if it is not done properly. Black and White Houseraising and Restumping is a trusted company for stump replacement for the Brisbane, Sunshine and Gold Coast areas.
How is it Done?
The first step is to assess the stumps that are there already and ascertain which ones need replacing. This can be done by checking the stumps themselves and making sure that the floors are level. Uneven floors are one of the first indications that your stumps need replacing, as well as cracks in the walls, or ceiling areas. You can assess your stumps yourself by digging around 10cm next to the stump and scratching the base of it. If the wood gives easily it means that it is a weak stump and needs to be replaced before it affects the structural integrity of your home.
If you are unsure about whether your stump needs replacing it is best to seek professional advice, so give us a call at Black and White Houseraising and Restumping. Once the stump has been assessed and you know which stump needs replacing, the house is jacked up very slowly and gradually near the stump that needs to be replaced. This allows for access to replace the stump. It is then dug out and replaced with a new stump before the house is lowered back onto it.
What Stump is Best?
There was a time when the majority of stumps were made of hard wood, which is able to withstand weathering and moisture for a long period of time, but termites can be a real problem. These days often people choose to replace them with galvanised steel or concrete stumps which are stronger and can withstand weathering for much longer than wood. They also do not provide food for termites as wood stumps can tend to do if there are any entry points for the termites to get inside and start chewing it away.