Several homeowners know quite well that living in a house with a fragile foundation is a ticking time bomb. Nonetheless, some with wooden stumps opt to disregard some clear signs that their houses need restumping. If your doors or windows seem to ‘stick’ when you’re opening and closing them, or the floors look rather uneven, it may be the right time for you to consider restumping your house. The following points identify three common causes of damage to your wooden stumps and suggest how you can curb each one of them. Insect Infestation Wooden stumps are often highly vulnerable to insect attacks. Despite their small size, wood-eating insects such as termites and wood ants can gradually but certainly compromise the structural integrity of your house, nibbling through its foundation bite after bite. Furthermore, these insects can cause severe damage to your house’s foundation since they can attack timber stumps located deep into the ground. Since spraying your timber stumps with chemicals repellants can only deter those insects on their unburied parts, it can be more effective to remove and replace the decayed stumps of timber altogether. Dampness                                                 In order to last, your house’s wooden stumps need to stay dry. Therefore, persistent rainwater can cause immense structural damage to your wooden stumps since the soil on which they are built may remain wet for a long duration. In turn, the damp grounds will expose your wooden stumps to increased moisture levels, and thus, lead to them to decompose. To minimise the likelihood of water damaging your wooden stumps, you should clean your gutters regularly, conduct repairs on cracked caulking, and replace damaged roof shingles. Soil Movement As your house exerts its weight on the ground below, it can cause soil movement as it self-adjusts to settle. After some time elapses, you may start to observe cracked exterior walls, uneven floors, or squeaking doors. These signs may indicate that the soil below the foundation of your house is undergoing a natural process of change. Although you can do little to avoid the settling of your house, directing rainwater downspouts reasonably far away from the wooden stumps can significantly reduce the possibility soil being washed away. If your house is erected on timber stumps, you’ll need to strengthen its foundation at some point because of the inevitable damaging effects of insect attacks, dampness, and soil movement among other natural factors. While it can be somewhat costly, you should use a professional such as Budget Reblocking to restump the wooden stumps of your...