Termite Questions

Discussion in 'Flooring Potpourri' started by Chris in Pittsburgh, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. Chris in Pittsburgh

    Chris in Pittsburgh New Member

    Hello, not sure if I'm in the right website but I'll ask my questions & see: not sure what I should do about termite issues or what expected costs might be? I bought an older remodeled victorian home a year ago, & it has original hardwoods & real wood strip under that for the sub floor. (No plywood underlayment, real wood.) Anyway, I've noticed recently a couple of spots have softness when I step on them, & I noticed pieces of wood on my basement floor recently when I was doing some cleaning & organizing of my basement. I looked up in the rafters/joists, and holey moley, there are pieces of the sub floor that are just hardly there anymore. You can just flake it off with your finger or a screwdriver, with ease. Had my wife go upstairs and step in the soft spots & sure enough - that's where the sub floor is gone... no damage from the 1st floor to the hardwood, but it feels like where 2 pieces meet you could step through, theres flex in the creases between the hardwood. Upon further inspection, I have tunnels around the basement ceiling & where some joists meet the floor. What kind of hit to my pocket should I expect? It looks like I'll need remediation as well as floor repair, possibly a joist. I'm going to try to post some pics, not sure if I can. Thanks guys.

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  2. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Was there a home inspection done? Is there a termite policy? Are they active? First thing is site inspection to determine extent, then treatment from a termite company. Followed by repair.
  3. Chris in Pittsburgh

    Chris in Pittsburgh New Member

    Thank you for responding. Yes we had a home inspection done. We didnt notice this particular area but theres another area of the basement where theres a metal post & a beam helping to support the main floor, & there were tunnels on that beam that I specifically showed the inspector... he said they were not active tunnels & it was no structural damage to be concerned about. But I'm not sure on these new spots I have noticed, nor am i sure what to do about it. We noticed the damage yesterday so we plan to check our homeowners policy tomorrow to see if it covers termite damage... is it common for them to cover that in a home warranty or homeowners policy?

    I also noticed this on one of the beams for the basement stairs but I cant see any damage to the board, not sure if it's coming from where the board meets the foundation?

    How do I know if they're old, or active?

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  4. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    You are asking questions of a licensed professional should answer on site. Normally my wife Florida Realtor not practicing law)says they usually don't cover for insurance but again not from our state, or unknown about your policy.

    You get a termite specialist and ask all these good questions, like how far does the damage go(with exposed areas) and I'm sure they have carpenters on file that come in after them for some preliminary quotes.
  5. Chris in Pittsburgh

    Chris in Pittsburgh New Member

    Ok. Thanks. Was just trying to get an idea of what kind of damage I might be looking at & possible range of cost, was hoping others on here have gone through something similar. My homeowners just says general stuff like "dwelling"... "other structural"... etc. So being as we found it on the weekend I thought I'd try to get some knowledge before I called people Monday.
  6. Daris Mulkin

    Daris Mulkin The One and Only Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    I'd get ahold of an extermination company first of all. Then a carpenter or contracting company to see how extensive the damage is. Be careful of the soft spots as you could go through the floor.


  7. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

    Termites don’t live in your house, they just eat it. They need moisture from somewhere and that’s usually an outside location. We have bait stations in the ground every 10 feet around the perimeter of the house. Check them every couple months. Let’s you know what’s going on and where. Then we also treated the soil around the perimeter outside and inside the foundation (crawlspace). Ants are similar in methods of treatment to keep them from getting into your house in the first place. Treat the perimeter and bait stations. For patio we drilled holes every foot and injected termicide to treat the soil underneath.

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