4 Critical Signs That Indicate Your Home is in Dire Need of Immediate Restumping

If you've just moved into a new house or have been living in the current one for years, knowing the importance of structural integrity and stability of your foundation is imperative. Most Australian homes stand supported by wooden stumps. While these stumps are robust enough to support a house for years, they become weaker over time. Apart from aging, pest infestation and soil displacements can result in gradual foundation deterioration. The stumps lose the ability to offer structural support and ultimately compromise your home's balance. 

To learn whether your home needs urgent restumping, look out for these four critical signs: 

Uneven of Slanted Floors

Have you noticed any uneven or slanted sections of your home's flooring? If the answer is yes, your house needs restumping. The weak stumps soon give in to the pressure of supporting the foundation, resulting in your flooring slanting towards the weakened stumps. You can, however, quickly determine slanting symptoms by dropping a small round ball on the floor for the most severe cases. When it rolls towards a specific direction, consult your local restumping experts immediately. 

Moisture Around the Foundation

The stumps beneath your home might be vulnerable to damage when exposed to constant moisture. Wooden stumps exposed to extreme moisture conditions will also attract destructive pests like termites that devour the fibres and weaken the stumps. Restumping can help eliminate the affected stumps and solve underlying moisture problems. 

Visible Cracks on the Walls

A healthy wall should be free from any visible cracks. However, if you wake up one day and find deep cracks on some sections of your walls, you have a reason to be worried. If these cracks keep getting worse, with newer ones constantly appearing, that might symbolise a problem with your foundation resulting from weaker stumps beneath it. If you notice this problem, contact your local foundation experts for a comprehensive home evaluation and restumping services if necessary.

Jamming Doors and Windows

Finally, a new home won't have issues closing or opening windows and doors. Over time, however, this might not be the same case. You might start experiencing jammed doors or windows when opening or closing. Often, this problem might mean extensive moisture damage or an altered alignment of your home. If it's an alignment problem, the main culprits are weak stumps that cause a shift in your home's alignment. That, in turn, causes windows and doors to slant and become hard to open or close. 

If your home displays these four signs, it's time to pick up your phone and call your local restumping contractors to fix the problem and avert potential risks.