Foundation is the important part of the house or building structure and it holds the weight and the structural height of the materials above. Depending on the materials making the foundation after several years of wear and tear, the foundation may require restumping. This is a process of removing the existing and worn out timber or stump and replacing them with the new ones. This is not a one-day job neither can it be done by ordinary people. Experts in repairing such and in this situation are the one to call and consult.
CAUSES OF FOUNDATION ROT
Foundation repair may be done after it has been evident that the materials are rotting and wearing fast hence risking the whole structure to go down or bend to the weaker direction. This is mostly experienced when the materials for the foundation repair is made of wood or stumps. The wood may not be treated and thus it will attract predator like termites, water is also another agent that lead to fast wood decay and wearing out. Flooding areas are also a primary agent for foundation failing. Especially where the compound drainage has not been tackled.
After seeing that surely you need to repair your house structure the immediate thing after noticing the foundation faulty is to evacuate the premises to avoid any danger. The next thing is to contact the expert to assess the level of repair needed. He will approximate the cost and the materials needed.
It will need to lift up the whole house. Jacking it up in order to remove these wooden structures. This can take some days though.
HOW TO WORK IT OUT
After getting the materials and accessing the cost estimates it is good also to obtain a permit from the local authority and pay any fee if it’s possible. The level of the house needs to be equal and intermediate support put to hold it in position. Just like putting the foundation of a new house it is the same setting and supporting materials. The materials of the foundation may also be different like concrete the procedure for repair is the same. As the work is on the progress you will need to clear some meters away from the wall in order to give space and have a good view of what is required to be done.
GETTING THE RIGHT MATERIALS
Materials will include all the necessary things that will be quoted by the contractor. You should avail all in time so as to save time and accelerate the work. If it is restumping this time round go for quality and durable wood and this is which has been treated. It would also include a desirable width to strongly hold the foundation. The housing support and the ground level should be the same all round and it will hold the above structure in place and correctly. As repair is going on you can also make the drainage, clear the compound for predator invasion and select a long lasting solution.
Foundation repair will cost you more if you fail to identify the right contractor. As a way of having a permanent solution, it is good to have the right materials, consider treated woods that cannot easily rot by water like painting them. Make the drainage and use the concrete floor for sending water fast away from the foundation and around the compound.