Anyone who has a house on stumps or a home built in a flood prone area is usually well aware of their nemesis – moisture. This is especially if the house is built on wood stumps. Many of the older style Queenslander houses were built on hardwood stumps, which are a very durable material, but over time, even they can tend to start to deteriorate through exposure to moisture and pests. Having your house restumped is the best way to ensure that you are safe from any impending disasters that could threaten your home and your family’s security.
Know What’s Happening Below
They say that what you don’t know can’t hurt you, but when it comes to house stumps, the opposite could be said. You may be casually going about your day to day life, without realising that underneath you things are not in the best condition. Unless you know what you are looking for, house stumps could look ok from the outside, while inside the wood could be deteriorating rapidly due to pests and weather. Having them restumped is one way to assess the state of your stumps and have the peace of mind of knowing that you have at least another ten years up your belt.
Keep the Dreaded Dry Rot at Bay
Old houses that have been sitting on the same wooden stumps for a long period of time are very likely to have dry rot in places, which could make its way up into your house. These days, when houses are restumped, the materials used are manufactured specifically to prevent this happening, where previously the technology was not there that we have today. When you have your house restumped, you are given the option of choosing fresh hardwood, concrete or galvanised steel. The latter is much stronger and gives more protection against dry rot. During the restumping process, you may be able to assess any rot that has already made it up into the beams of the house, and have them replaced too.
Add Extra Space
A key benefit of restumping your house is the chance to add on extra rooms. As families grow, it sometimes feels a bit like living in a sardine tin, but extending your house can give everyone more room to grow without getting on each other’s nerves.
Protect Your Stuff
For flood victims often the most heart wrenching part of the experience is losing their memorabilia and important personal items that are lost due to exposure to moisture. Black and White Houseraising and Restumping provides you the opportunity to lift your precious items higher off the ground, to give some extra breathing space from rising waters.
Increase the Resale Value of Your House
If you are planning to sell your house any time in the near future, or if you are renovating with a resell in mind at some stage, restumping is one aspect that will make your house look very attractive to would-be buyers. Often when people assess a possible house purchase, they will be looking at the future maintenance work that will need to be carried out. Having fresh stumps is like having a clean bill of health for your house, which could allow you to push the price up a bit further than you may otherwise have done.