When it comes to carrying out repair work on the foundation of a house, most homeowners and families have a common set of questions. For your convenience, we have listed those questions, which have been answered by our team of experts.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I monitor the foundation stumps and know when they need to be repaired or replaced?
The best way to monitor the foundation stumps that provide stability and security to the structure of the house is to check for the following:
- If the plasterwork on the walls or the brickwork show any signs of cracking or deterioration.
- If the floors have an unevenness about them or tend to slope towards a corner.
- Apart from the walls and floor, the doors too could signal deterioration of the foundation stumps. Check whether any door has not been closing lately or whether they are tilting from their hinges.
These three factors are good indicators that the concrete or wooden stumps supporting your house need to be either repaired or replaced.
What are the time and budget estimates of a restumping or reblocking project? Does my family to move out during the interim?
Melbourne restumping generally advises homeowners to vacate their premises while we work on the foundation. This allows us to carry out extensive work on the stumps without any concern of disturbing the family members. If a homeowner cannot arrange for temporary residence elsewhere, they can stay back. The only time when moving out of the home is mandatory is when the height between the floors and the stumps is less than 400 mm. As far as the time and budget estimates are concerned, it depends from project to project. We complete most of our restumping and reblocking work within a week. The budget falls between 3,000 to 5,000 dollars.
What are the modifications made to my house when the foundation stumps are being replaced?
Our contractors try to keep the modifications to the structure of the house to a bare minimum. One area that can be affected is the wall plaster. However, if there is any damage to the plaster we undertake any painting or re-plastering work the wall may need. In some cases, if the floor boards need to be removed, we re-lay the floors once we complete the project, for no extra cost to our client.
Do I need to apply for any plans or permits before the foundation repairs?
You do not need to apply for any plans or permits for a restumping project. We take care of all the paperwork on your behalf before we begin work on the foundation stumps. A building approval may be needed, but that depends on the local council. If the council needs to approve the repair work then we present a certifier with the drafts of our plans. The certifier can then approve the plans on behalf of the council.
If I am renovating my house, when should the restumping take place?
Since the entire structure of your house rests on the stumps, it should be the first thing that you should do before you proceed to renovate the walls, floors, and roofs of the house.