It might seem very intimidating, but reblocking your house does not have to be a nightmare. Plan out everything and see what you need to do to find a good contractor and you can get the job done with minimum stress. If there are cracks in your plaster walls and your floors are uneven, and if your windows stick and your glass culinary clink together if someone walks past it, then your house needs reblocking. Unless the house is built on a concrete slab, the house needs reblocking at one point. Older houses are built on timber stumps and can last up to 15 to 80 years depending on a variety of factors.
It consists of removing existing wooden stumps and replacing them. During the restumping, the floor levels need to be reset, and it is common for the movement to cause warping on the door frames and cracked plaster with damaged tiles. Recently the replacement stumps are concrete and should last longer than intended. It is better to reblock the whole house and a reblocking expert or a building inspector will be able to advise the perfect course of the action.
1. Costing: The costing depends on a lot of things, such as the place of lodging, the size of your house, the subfloor space is along with the soil conditions of the place you are living in. Try to find a stumper who fits the proper budget that you are comfortable with and research about everything before getting down to your business.
2. Select the right stumps: Rot resistant timber stumps are cheapest and the best for reblocking. It has limited life expectancy, but it can maintain the home up to 20 years. Perhaps the biggest disadvantage is that timber stumps cannot be as firmly secured as concrete, so the re-levelling might be a bit inaccurate.
3. Contractor: After selecting the right stumping material. It is crucial to select a reliable and experienced contractor. The contractor needs have sufficient hydraulic jacks to lift the building in one or two sections. If few jacks are used, the house will need to be lifted in several sections which will cause severe damage to plasterwork and framing.
4. Ask the proper questions: Before signing the contract, make sure your questions are all answered. Whether the stumps are going to be replaced, will the floor level be at a perfect height, what kind of damage is likely to take place, whether the levelling of the floors will be guaranteed and whether the doors and the windows are in a better condition than before?
5. Required permits: You will need a council permit. It sounds like a hassle, but it means that the work will be independently inspected. Be very sure to find out whether your contractor and restumper will obtain the necessary permits or if you need to do that yourself.
These are the basic things and suggestions to keep in mind while reblocking your house and after that, you are good to go. It does look like a job with a lot of hassle but at the end of the day the house is levelled, and it is risk-free for you to live in your house. It reduces a lot of damage that might have been caused due to the old stumps and it also secures the house in all ways. Be sure to keep these suggestions while planning to reblock your house and replace the stumps. Always go for the best quality stumps for the best levelling.