House stumps rotting, in Morningside, an Eastern suburb of Brisbane,

Rotting of house stumps. Identified by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service and Queensland Building Inspection Service, QBIS.

Stumps previously inspected by an engineer doing building inspections that deemed them acceptable!

The conclusion in his report identified these stumps (supporting this house) as structurally sound and acceptable.

House stumps that are rotting

Make your own judgement by looking at this photo of a rotting stump supporting the same house, that was pushed over!


Always replace all of the stumps at the same time to avoid serious problems occurring from further rot. Otherwise the building will continue to move.

Important notes:

What cannot be done to the house before replacing all of the stumps

  • Repainting exterior and interior of the house.
  • Extensions.
  • Alterations.
  • Renovations.
  • Replace roof gutters (future movement will alter their fall).

This means you cannot paint the building let alone consider alterations. Without expecting further movement occurring and potentially damaging new work.

Some information that may be of use

Lifestyle how to check timber stumps

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