Building Inspections in Frankston and most other suburbs where houses are elevated on stump supports should always be inspected for structural damage. Most people think that if a house is on concrete stumps there’s no problem and the house’s foundation will be fine. However, if a property has poor site drainage, leading to a constant presence of moisture under the floor, defects are bound to be found, even to concrete stumps. Obviously timber stumps will rot when in contact with moisture over a period of time but most people don’t realise that concrete stumps can fret, which is when moisture breaks down the integrity of the concrete. Like rust to steel. Structural damage caused by fretting concrete will definitely take longer than damage to timber stumps, however it is something that needs to be checked. When only early signs of moisture damage is observed, we recommend having the site drainage assessed and rectified where necessary. In this case, (see photo attached) our recommendation is to have the house fully restumped due to the significant damage of the stumps and also have the drainage checked by a licensed plumber. If you don’t have a good look you can’t assume everything is OK!
If you looking to purchase a house East of Melbourne, Frankston or the Mornington Peninsula, you should have professional building inspector check the important areas so you know what your buying! Call BIA 1300 274 349