The total time to restump a house depends on a few variables. The house’s size, the number of stumps needing to be replaced, and the access all play a role in how long it will take to restump a house.
In this post, we’ll describe how much time it takes to restump and reblock a house.
How long does restumping take?
On average restumping takes between 3 to 7 days. However, there are several factors that can affect the total time restumping or reblocking a house. They are –
Access plays a large role in how quickly restumping can occur. If there is a large amount crawl space below the floor, stumps can be replaced quickly. If there is no access, then floorboards may need to be lifted.
Number of Stumps
The more stumps that need to be replaced, the longer the process will take.
If the contractor is experienced and has the proper tools, the job can be completed in as little as three days. However, if the contractor is inexperienced or does not have the right tools, the process could take more time to complete.
The complexity of the project
Another factor is the complexity of the restumping. If the stumps can be accessed quickly, workers can easily crawl into the stumps, taking less time. Whereas, if the gap is less, it will require digging paths in the foundation to access the stumps, which takes more time to restump and reconstruct.
What is the process of restumping a house?
The process of restumping a house is quite simple. First, you will need to find a contractor specialising in restumping and reblocking.
Once you have found a contractor, they will come to your property to assess the situation. They will then provide you with a free estimate.
If you decide to move forward with the restumping, the contractor will begin by jacking up the structure to secure it then removing the old stumps. They will then replace them with new stumps.
Once the new stumps are in place, the contractor will begin to relevel your property.
To know more about restumping, check out what is reblocking here.
Do you have to move out whilst your house is restumped?
In most cases, you will not be require to move out during restumping. There are some cases where the floor needs to be lifted, in which we will advise if moving out is necessary.
It is important to note that you should not attempt to restump your house alone. This is a job best left to the professionals.
Attempting to restump your house on your own could result in serious injury. In addition, if the job is not done properly, it could further damage your property. You can check our can you restumping a house yourself to know more.
Will reblocking cause damage to my home?
If the reblocking is done correctly, your home will not be damaged. However there are some cases where the floors have significantly dropped and relvelling will cause some cracking. We will advise you as to whether or not restumping will damage your property.
When a home is reblocked, the stumps that support it are removed, and there is no structural damage. The old stumps are removed, and the new ones are put in place. The new stumps are dug into the ground and encased in concrete to keep them in place.
How often do you need to Restump?
Restumping can last for a long time if done correctly.
● The average lifespan of a Timber stump is 20-30 years.
● Concrete stumps can last up to 50 years
● The lifespan of steel stumps is even longer if not affected by rust
However, it is recommended to have a look at your stumps regularly and get them inspected by a specialist every few years.
Do I need to restump the whole house?
It depends on the number of stumps you need to replace and the condition of the existing stumps. If all the existing stumps are in poor condition, or most of the stumps need to be replaced, it may be necessary to restump the entire house. If there is more than a 25mm drop between the top of the stump and the bearer, we will replace the stump rather than relevel.
Can I do relevelling instead of restumping?
Restumping is meant to replace your damaged stumps with newer ones, whereas relevelling is needed when your stumps sunken.
If the gap between the concrete stumps and bearers is not more than 25mm, and the stumps are not damaged or cracked, relevelling can be performed. Relevelling involves lifting your house up to its original height with a jack and then securing it by placing plastic or metal packers.
You may be able to do relevelling instead of restumping if you have a small amount of movement, the stumps are made from concrete and are in good condition. However, this should be discussed with a professional as they will be able to assess the condition of your stumps and advise you on the best course of action.
If you also want to know the difference between restumping and underpinning – check this blog.
Following a restumping operation, it takes time to restore your property, which is influenced by several variables and can only be determined after the site visit.
If you would like a free inspection and estimate, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to help you through the process and answer any of your questions.