Information about Reblocking, Restumping and Underpinning
Are your experiencing jammed or not locking doors or window in your home? Is your floor level uneven? Your home may require reblocking as the timber stumps used to hold the house may be damaged causing discomfort. If your house is sitting on steel, bricks or concrete stumps they may have become out-of-level. The problems can be easily solved by reblocking or restumping. However, how do you make sure your restumping is successful? Here is a guide to the restumping process.
Select your stumps
Selecting the stumps you want to use is the first decision you should make. There are different types of stumps, depending on your budget and requirements, you can decide the most suitable stump to use. Rot-resistant timber stumps are still commonly used by homeowners in different places. These stumps are cheaper than the other types of stumps, but they have limited life expectancy. Concrete, brick and steel stumps are the other stumps used to restump a house. The biggest advantage about these stumps is that they make leveling more accurate than timber stumps.
Select the right contractor
After choosing the stumps depending on your needs, choosing a contractor is next step of restumping process. It is extremely important to choose a reliable, certified and experienced contractor. The contractor you select must have enough hydraulic jacks. If they have a few jacks, they can cause severe damaged to the flames, floor, and plastering of the house.
Monitor the process
After the work commences, you need to check every step of the reblocking. It is essential to carefully supervise to avoid common faults like:
- Stumps not positioned correctly underneath the bearers
- Stumps no being securely fixed to the bearers
- Proper leveling of the floor
- Failure to put ant caps between bearers and stumps and much more.
Make sure all the holes are filled with well-compacted earth after the new stumps have been installed and the jacks removed. The best way of avoiding further expenses that come from substandard work is by choosing the correct stumps, the right contractor and monitoring the work as it progresses. You can seek advice about the stumps from a qualified contractor and get information about the contractor by reviewing their reputation. The final payment of the work should be made after the work is completed and you are satisfied. You should never pay in advance even if you have the whole amount of cash or you like the contractor.