What is reblocking and why do I need it?
Often, we get asked: what’s the difference between restumping, reblocking and underpinning? They all relate to the process of restabilising your foundations to minimise the risk of structural damage.
What we can tell you is that restumping is exactly the same as reblocking! Underpinning is more a process of restabilising the base structures above the stump, as well as top soil analysis, and is a broader volume of work.
Back to reblocking. This is a process of replacing the wooden, resin or concrete ‘stumps’ that underpin your house. As gravity, soil conditions, water and hail, and indeed time itself work their damage on your property’s stump, there needs to be a process to restore them back to their original condition. Enter, re-blocking, which is a robust process of carrying out a brief report, detailed assessment, stump replacement/renewal, and finally a post implementation review of the physical activity that went into your house.
Your house will never move on you again!
What actual work will be done:
- Brief report (1 hour, first day)
- Detailed assessment (1-2 days, a few hours)
- Restumping work (Up to 5 days, sometimes more in complicated cases).
- Cleanup – 1 day
- Post implementation review (brief examination, 1 hour max)
REPORT AND CONTRACT
Over a few visits, the field worker will undergo a detailed assessment on your foundations, of which you will receive a copy. A contract will also be drawn up. Things that go into this report include:
- Potential risks and in congruencies
- The number of stumps
- Spacing between them
- Previous stumping or foundational reports.
- Building regulations
- If floorboards need to be removed
- Start and finish dates of the proposed work
- Relevelling details of your floors.
As part of this process, field workers may engage a geochemical engineer to test the soil around your structure. An action plan will then be developed and if approved, work will take place to stabilise your residence.
Reblocking may require soil analysis and access to the architectural plans. If you have any questions, our engineers can assist you with any reblocking Melbourne enquiries.
The stumps in most houses are concrete, wooden or resin layers. Once the report and contract is signed by the client, the next step is engaging a concreter or chemical engineer to carry out the planned work. They will either use concrete or resin pour into the base. This is where the physical work gets done: floorboards are removed, floors are levelled, restumped and then established again.
There are some advantages and disadvantages as to which is best, but the team would walk you through these before starting on the work.
Having read this article, do you have further questions about the reblocking process? Or do you need to engage an initial consultation? Our friendly customer care consultants are more than happy to assist you, call 1800 449 365 today.