Seepage and Settling- What to Do and How to Avoid

Welcome back to the Restumping Melbourne blog! As always, our goals are to surprise and delight with entertaining and informative nuggets about the restumping industry. Here we share tales of restumping jobs gone wrong, testimonials from customers who feel like we did something right, and general home renovation know how. This definitely encompasses a full dictionary of home renovation and in particular, restumping words of the day. You’ll be talking like a pro in no time.

Seepage and Settling - What to Do and How to AvoidWithout further hesitation, your restumping buzzword for the day is seepage. Just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? Seepage is the excess water that moves from the base or foundation of the house, upwards. We’re not just talking about regular levels of hydration; this is when Mother Nature is out for vengeance. Anytime heavy rain comes through, rising water levels occur or pipes burst, uncontrollable levels of water can push through the soil that is beneath your home or business. This means changes in volume and changes in the soils consistency—read: mud. Homes that are built on slabs see a massive adjustment in stability, including buckling and bending. Fun fact? Just because it’s not dumping rain, doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods yet. When water changes consistency because of drastic temperature changes, the same problems can occur.

Because we tend to be overachievers on the team here at Restumping Melbourne, we’ll throw in an extra word of the day for good luck. You’ll hear us use the term “settling” frequently. This is often the result of seepage, when the soil moves or even adjusts in size beneath the house. This can cause both short term and long term damage to the slab underneath your home or business. It can also damage brickwork, plaster on the interior or exterior of the structure, and even framework like that of your windows. While seepage is due solely to water activity, settling can be caused by many catalysts. These include homes that are built on pockets of air, this will cause the soil to drop. Highly reactive soil can also have this effect.

Starting to notice a trend? Though seepage and settling may seem like nightmares to most, they’re ideal opportunities for the Restumping Melbourne team. While it’s tough to get ahead of these and completely avoid them, there are many services that our team can help with to restabilize your sub floor, or the floor below your floor. These include undperinning, when we add underground stilts beneath the slab and restumping, when we replace the stumps beneath your home.

There is a solution for every scenario that our customers bring to the Restumping Melbourne team. We’re passionate about identifying just what it is. There is an option for every price range, and an option for every timeline. We’ll work with you to ensure that your home or business is safe and steadfast, so that you can focus on building a lifetime of memories inside of its walls.