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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 the process of restumping or reblocking a house? What are the benefits and risks?

Restumping a house in Bayside, also known as reblocking, is a process of replacing the old, damaged or decayed stumps of a house with new ones. Restumping is necessary when the foundation of a house becomes weak and unstable due to the age of the stumps, termite damage, or soil movement. Restumping ensures that a house's foundation is stable and level, which prevents further structural damage, reduces the risk of collapse and increases the value of a property.

Here are some normal steps involved in restumping a house:

  1. Inspection: The restumper inspects the house to determine the existing stumps, foundation, and structure condition.

  2. Lifting: The restumper lifts the house using hydraulic jacks and supports it on steel beams.

  3. Removing old stumps: The restumper removes the old stumps using a chainsaw, reciprocating saw, or circular saw.

  4. Excavation: The restumper excavates the soil around the stumps to expose the concrete footing.

  5. Installing new stumps: The restumper installs new concrete or steel stumps using the correct spacing and level.

  6. Adjusting height: The restumper adjusts the height of the stumps to ensure that the house is level.

  7. Final inspection: The restumper performs a final inspection to ensure the house is stable and level.

Benefits of Restumping a House:

  1. Increases the stability of a house's foundation: Restumping ensures that the foundation of a house is stable and level, which prevents further structural damage and reduces the risk of collapse.

  2. Improves the appearance of a house: Restumping can enhance the appearance of a house by straightening any crooked walls or floors.

  3. Increases the value of a property: Restumping increases the value of a property by ensuring that it is structurally sound.

Risks of Restumping a House:

  1. Disruption: Restumping a house can disrupt daily life, as the house needs to be lifted and supported on steel beams during the process.

  2. Damage: There is a risk of damage to the house during the restumping process, such as cracking walls or damaging plumbing.

Restumping a house is necessary when the foundation becomes weak and unstable. The benefits of restumping outweigh the risks, as it ensures that a house is structurally sound, improves its appearance and increases its value. However, it is essential to choose a reputable and experienced restumper to minimize the risks associated with the process.


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