A Guide to House Restumping

If you have noticed that the floors of your house creak as people walk over them or you get a spongy feeling as you step on them, you may need to carry out restumping. Other indicators may include doors and windows getting stuck while trying to close or open, or the presence of cracks on your walls. Note some important aspects of house restumping.

Choosing A Contractor

When selecting a contractor to restump your house, you will need to carry out some research and go with the one that has many recommendations. You can also ask friends and relatives for referrals. Once you have shortlisted them, have sit-downs and ask questions related to your needs to be able to choose the right contractor. The contractor should be able to give you a detailed outline of the process and how much it may cost. The contractor will need to visit the property to provide a more appropriate budget.

You also need to ask how long the process will take so that you can organise yourself. In some situations, restumping cannot be done with residents in the house, and you may require to move your family for a while. In other instances, restumping can be carried out with residents in the home, but the necessary safety measures have to be taken. For example, you'll need to erect barrier fences. Remember to choose a contractor who has a broad scope of skills, for example, in the case of piping obstruction. They can be able to manage the plumbing work or can recommend another contractor at reasonable costs.

Selecting The Correct Stump

You will choose between wood, galvanised steel and concrete.

Wood is said to have some disadvantage of not being durable as is rots, and it is difficult to secure timber stumps to their bearers. Wood is, however, the cheapest of the options available, and you can choose rot-resistant timber to make it durable.

Concrete stumps are durable and can be firmly secured to their bearers. When choosing the concrete stumps, pick the ones entrapped with a rod inside. Make sure to be present as these are being selected to make sure you get the quality ones. If you live in an extremely damp area, some care will be required to avoid rust.

Galvanised steel stumps are also a great choice as they are durable and will not get attacked by termites. An advantage of steel stumps is that they can be adjusted during installation, saving effort and time.

Concrete and steel stumps will be pricier than wood.