Are you planning to take on a home improvement project? Before you begin, it’s wise to check the integrity of your home’s foundation first. A solid design and laser-perfect levels are required to ensure the overall durability of a home. Over time, however, the timber stumps that support your home may suffer from wear and tear. This causes the piers to sink. Timber stumps that have rotten can make the problem even worse. In such a case, a reblocking project is in order to strengthen the foundation of your home.
What Is Reblocking?
Reblocking is the process of replacing timber stumps with stronger and more durable concrete or steel stumps. This is commonly done on weatherboard homes and brick homes. These types of houses usually have timber stumps underneath. As timber stumps rot, their tips get pointed, causing the weight of the house to bear down on the stumps and the levels to be uneven.
When To Reblock?
There are telltale signs that indicate you need to reblock the foundation of your home. If you notice any of the following, it’s time to call in a reblocking specialist:
-Difficulty opening or closing windows and/or doors
-Cracking tile floors
-Moisture in foundation
How Is It Done?
The process begins with a visual inspection. A reblocking expert scratches away the soil from the stump’s base to evaluate its condition. This involves the removal of plinth boards. Jacks are placed around the house to provide support during the removal process.
Holes are dug to reach the plate. After this, the actual removal of timber stumps commences. New stumps are hung over the holes, leaving ample space for concrete. Special equipment is used to ensure that the house has a perfectly straight level. The concrete is then poured into the holes. The jacks are removed 24 to 48 hours to allow the concrete to set.