Mr Inspector is a qualified building and pest inspector in Melbourne who took the above photograph during a building inspection in Bentleigh East.

It depicts old timber stumps and off cuts being utilised to support a bearer.  This does not comply with the Australian Standards for Residential Slabs and Footings Construction AS 2870-1996 and a stumping contractor is required to rectify the problem.  Although not overly difficult to rectify this building defect you may notice some internal floor bounce or unevenness and over time you may get some internal wall and ceiling cracking.

When Mt Inspector sees wall cracks internally, as was the case at this building inspection, it is important to be able to assess the sub floor to try and ascertain the cause of the problem.