Reblocking: How It Is Done?
Timber stumps that provide support to houses may suffer wear and tear over the span of time. This becomes worst if the houses are near to coastal or marshy areas. In fact, if the stumps get rot, the problem can become even more serious in that case. In such scenario, reblocking is the best option to go with.
Reblocking refers to the entire process of replacing or removing the timber stumps that support the house with, stronger, better quality and durable steel or new timber stumps. Nowadays, people prefer steel for the replacement, as it stays longer than timber wood. Reblocking is mostly needed on weatherboard homes or the houses made up of bricks. With time or due to moisture as the timber rots, the tips become sharp, causing the weight of the house to bear down on the stumps. This makes the level uneven, thus creating a constant risk on the house.
Now, reblocking is not an easy task to do. People who have the right knowledge can do it by themselves. But, if you are not much aware of this area, then it is better to appoint a professional to do it for you.
Steps involved in Reblocking
First and the most important part of the entire process is the proper inspection of the house. There are a number of stumps which support a house. First, look for the stumps which have rotten or are on a verge of rotting. These are the stumps which need re-stumping or replacement. This is done using a level in order to determine the evenness of the floor.
Jacking the house
After you have observed the condition of each and every stump and decided which one of them needs to be replaced, the house is jacked from around the space where the stump is to be removed. This process of lifting the house should be done slowly in a few increments. It is done with the help of a hydraulic jack.
Remove the old one
Now remove the old stump. Make sure you take the rotten pieces which may have disintegrated from the stump and scattered here and there.
Dig a proper hole
Try to make the existing hole better, so that it can hold the new stump properly for a longer span of time. If you have used concrete around the hole in order to make the hold stronger, allow it to dry it for two days and you are good to go. Do the same process with other rotten stumps too and try to move in concentric circles around the highest point till it is done.
When you are done with the re-stumping process, recheck the work, in order to make sure the leveling is done properly.
It is always a better idea to replace the timber stumps with the steel ones as they have a longer durability and are stronger as well.