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Nick Hawkins

Home Foundation Expert

Nick's Three Tips

Nick Hawkins has over 30 years experience in House Foundations, restumping and reblocking in Melbourne. He is an expert in restoring homes to their former glory and has been called upon by countless home buyers for his advice prior to purchasing their homes.

Nick is passionate about sharing his knowledge and thought he would share this with a series of his 'three tips' across a range of topics related to your home. 

What is Restumping


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Restumping is critical for safety and value protection of your home.

Restumping, also known as reblocking, is the process of replacing old or deteriorated stumps or piers that support a house with new ones. This is done to maintain the structural integrity of the house, which can be compromised over time due to the settling of the soil or the decay of the stumps.

Restumping is important for several reasons. Firstly, it ensures the safety of the occupants of the house. A house that is not properly supported can become unstable and may even collapse, causing injury or death. Secondly, restumping can help to prevent further damage to the house. If the stumps or piers are not replaced, the weight of the house can cause the foundation to sink further into the ground, leading to cracks in the walls, uneven floors, and other structural problems.

There are several signs that a house may need to be restumped. These include:

  1. Uneven or sloping floors

  2. Cracks in the walls or ceiling

  3. Doors or windows that are difficult to open or close

  4. Visible gaps between the walls and the ceiling or floor

  5. Squeaking or creaking floors

  6. Bouncy or spongy floors

If a house is not restumped when it needs to be, several issues can arise. These include:

  1. Structural damage: As mentioned earlier, the weight of the house can cause the foundation to sink further into the ground, leading to cracks in the walls, uneven floors, and other structural problems.

  2. Pest infestations: Old, deteriorated stumps can attract termites and other pests, which can cause further damage to the house.

  3. Moisture problems: Old stumps can also cause moisture to build up in the house, leading to mold and mildew growth, as well as other moisture-related problems.

  4. Decreased property value: A house that has not been restumped may have a decreased property value, as potential buyers may be wary of purchasing a house with structural problems.

In conclusion, restumping a house is an important process that should not be overlooked. It helps to maintain the structural integrity of the house, ensuring the safety of the occupants and preventing further damage. If you suspect that your house may need to be restumped, it is important to consult with a professional to assess the situation and determine the best course of action.


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