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Restumping is the process of realigning and replacing the structural supports that some older homes - Queenslanders specifically - sit on.  The process is also referred to as re-blocking or house raising and involves the re-levelling of your home’s floors. The most common reason for restumping is to replace supports which have cracked (concrete) or been eaten by termites (timber).  Soil conditions can also be a factor in the requiring restumping, especially in moist areas. Uneven or noisy floors are often the first indication that your home may need restumping, as are cracks in plasterwork and doors not closing properly.

Restumping Considerations


Experience - restumping should only be carried out by an experienced contractor as it is a technical task that requires specialised knowledge and equipment.   Hydraulic jacks are used to support each stump while a replacement is inserted. If not enough jacks are used during a restumping job then this may cause structural damage to any number of elements of your home.

Approvals - you typically need council approval to get your house restumped. The restumping contractor will also need a set of structural drawings of your home which an architect or draftsman will be able to provide. This ensures that all jacks and supports during restumping are placed in load bearing positions.

Practicalities
- during a restumping job you will not be able to live in the property, so alternative accommodation will need to be secured. The length of a restumping job will vary, typically determined by the size of your home, and could take from anywhere between 5 days and two weeks. The size of your home and complexity of the job will also determine the total cost of a restumping job – so ensure you get a number of quotes from experienced contractors beforehand.

Stump Types

  • Timber –timber  stumps are still used despite their relatively finite lifespan, though certain hardwood species are reported to last decades as support for a home.  Treated pine is also used, which gives it extended resistance to rot, insects and the elements.

  • Concrete – a variety of styles of concrete supports are used for stumping, often with a threaded rod which is used to secure it to the floor of the home.  Concrete stumps are often fashioned with a footing or pad for added stability. These are the most durable stumps and are increasingly used today.
  • Steel – like concrete, steel is extremely durable and increasingly used for stumps in preference to timber. Galvanised steel is typically used, sometimes in conjunction with concrete for maximum structural integrity.
Ensure you talk to an experienced professional before beginning your restumping project.

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