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With time, the foundations upon which buildings are laid often diminish in strength. If and when this occurs, the affected building and its occupants are often endangered. To ward off these dangers, such a foundation ought to be strengthened or completely overhauled.

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What is Reblocking?

Also called re-stumping, re-blocking is the procedure of getting rid of the old wooden stumps that are found underneath the buildings or homes and then replacing them by use of more durable concrete stumps.

The following are some of the signs to look for:

  • Improper Shutting

Misalignments on the doors and windows may often cause them not to shut properly. This is also a sign that all is not well and that a re-stumping may be necessary.

  • Sloping Walls

Should the walls dip at an angle that is not vertically straight, this could also be a sign that all is not well. In response to this, a re-blocking exercise may be necessary.

  • Aging Stumps

With time, and understandably so, the stumps do get obsolete, weak, and unreliable. As such, re-stumping may be necessary to rejuvenate them from time to time.

  • Uneven Floors

Floors ideally ought to be flat and level. In case the floors develop uneven slopes, this could be indicative of a problem with the foundations. As such, a re-block may be necessary to fix the issue.

What Necessitates Reblocking?

Several conditions do necessitate the re-blocking of foundations. Below are but a few of them:

  • Damp Conditions

When excess moisture accumulates beneath the foundations of buildings, the foundation does inevitably weaken. This calls for the strengthening of the said foundations.

  • Termite Infestations

In case the wooden components of the house’s foundation are infested with termites, this may call for the strengthening of the same.

  • Sinking Stumps

If the foundations are made of wooden stumps that are fixed onto weak soils, their strength may often diminish with time. This may require the addition of extra soil to provide the needed strength.

  • Cracks

Earth tremors, flooding, or quarrying may cause cracks in the foundations and walls of the buildings. Re-blocking may be necessary to fix these cracks and prop up the foundations.

What Does Reblocking Entail?

Re-blocking may be carried out by use of different strategies and approaches. The following are some of those:

  • Wholesome Replacements

This entails getting rid of the old wooden stumps and putting in place concrete stumps in their stead. This strategy is mainly used in brick veneer homes, solid bricks, and weatherboard homes.

  • Use of Hydraulic Jacks

Hydraulic jacks are usually used to maintain the suspense of the foundations above the ground during a re-blocking exercise. They provide the support that is needed to ensure a smooth transition from one kind of foundation to another.

  • Hanging of Extra Stumps

Sometimes the stumps may often get overwhelmed as the result of an increase in the weight of the building and its occupants. In such a case, some additional stumps may often be added at the base of the building to provide extra support.

  • Leveling of the Floors

The floors may also be leveled to even out the surface and spread the weight of the occupants. This will reduce the stress that the foundations bear and in so doing help to restore their credibility.

On the whole, re-stumping is necessary to secure the building for the family and visitors alike. Given its overall importance and sensitivity, it is an undertaking that is better delegated to a competent building contractor.

Why Choose Us?

In Melbourne, the reputation of our professional services speaks for itself. We proudly hold memberships with the Registered Building Practitioner and the Housing Industry Association.

Families choose us because our services are thorough and we guide your through your foundation repairs from start to finish. We offer consultations before, during, and after the process. With us, it’s not just an in and out service. We guide you through each step so that you know exactly what and why we are doing what we do.

We service the entire Melbourne region including the below mentioned eastern suburbs:

  • Warrandyte South VIC 3134

  • Heathmont VIC 3135

  • Croydon, Victoria 3136

  • Kilsyth, Victoria 3137

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