What is Restumping and Why is It Necessary for a House?

  • Author: Fazal Umer
  • Posted On: May 24, 2023
  • Updated On: May 24, 2023

As a homeowner, you know the significance of your home’s construction and base. Many houses in Australia are built on hardwood wood stumps. Even while these stumps are strong enough to hold up the framework of your house for many years, they can still deteriorate over time. 

The base of your home might deteriorate for reasons other than age, such as soil erosion and termite infestation. They cannot give your house the support it requires as a result. At some point, your house starts to collapse. In this post, we will tell you why you need to do re-stumping & house-raising in your house.

What is Restumping?

It is the process of removing old wooden stumps and replacing them with new ones. Usually floor levels are reset but in doing so the door frames, for instance, may require repairing as well. However concrete replacements are more common in restumping instead of wood.

7 Signs That Show Your House Needs Restumping

1. Uneven Flooring

Your home’s decaying foundation might be greatly deduced from the uneven or tilted flooring. The stumps have begun to rot when you stand on the floor and feel like you are traveling up or downhill.

You can verify it by rolling a marble on the ground and seeing how it rolls. When the stumps shift unevenly, it’s important to fix them by hiring a reputable house re-stumping & house raising specialist to prevent the collapse of the entire building.

2. Visibly Decaying Stumps

Your home’s deteriorated stumps are frequently apparent from the outside. Regular inspections allow you to easily spot the first indications of decaying stumps before the issue gets worse.

3. Misaligned Windows and Doors

The stumps may be the source of this imbalance if your house’s doors shriek when they open, or the windows won’t close properly for no apparent reason. A re-stumping & house raising expert can inspect your stumps completely and may also recommend restumping if necessary.

4. Appearance of Pinholes

Your home’s beams are often soldered to the stumps. Small holes will emerge on the connecting sections as the stumps begin to decline. These pinholes indicate that you need to replace the old stumps to protect the base of your house and structure.

5. Dampness Around The Foundation

Your foundation stumps are vulnerable to deterioration if exposed to wetness all the time. Termites are drawn to damp wood stumps because they may feed on them. They consequently harm your wooden stumps permanently. 

The only effective solution to save your home when you have a hollow foundation is to get house re-stumping & house raising done as soon as possible.

6. Cracks in The Walls

Cracks that come out of nowhere in your house’s various walls are an obvious symptom of stump damage. Start by looking at the floors to see if cracks have started forming lately. They are uneven, which is an obvious sign of failing stumps. 

Before the issue worsens, don’t be afraid to call the professionals for further confirmation and have your stumps thoroughly examined.

7. Post-Flood Stump Damage

Water collects around your property after a strong downpour or flooding. If the floodwater stays there for an extended period, it may eventually leak into the base, seriously damaging the stump. 

Your house restumping contractor can evaluate the damage and recommend necessary repairs once the floodwaters recede.


You can get a good idea of how much money is needed to protect the foundations of your home by asking a skilled re-stumping & house-raising contractor to describe the complete process and the projected cost. 

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Author: Fazal Umer

Fazal is a dedicated industry expert in the field of civil engineering. As an Editor at ConstructionHow, he leverages his experience as a civil engineer to enrich the readers looking to learn a thing or two in detail in the respective field. Over the years he has provided written verdicts to publications and exhibited a deep-seated value in providing informative pieces on infrastructure, construction, and design.