Termite Damage Repair
Termite repair is a category all by itself. Termites, are nobodies friend. They cannot be ignored for long. They eat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
I have done termite repairs so extensive, that whole walls had to be removed. The only thing worse than termites is a constant water leak onto non treated wood.
The worst termite problem I ever repaired, was here in the low country of South Carolina. The home owner had a 16′ x 24′ cookout/hangout building attached to his garage. They were so bad that I had to support the ceiling and completely remove one wall at a time and had to do that to all 4 of the exterior walls. They had eaten the wall studs gone from the bottom plate all the way up to the top plate. The studs were light as paper and about as thin in between the grains. Regretfully, this was before I had a digital camera to capture these kinds of things. However, if I run across them in my old paper pictures, I will add them to the site for reference.
The oddest thing I’ve seen concerning termites, is when I worked for a dock building company. We had just received a fresh bundle of 2x6s from the treatment plant and it was still dripping wet. We opened up the bundle and began loading boards on the truck. We got part of the way down into the stack and there was a small nest of termites. They had not eaten any of the wood, but they were alive and all but in some of the treatment liquid. The point is, they can be anywhere at anytime. So, don’t delay treatment if you are due for it.
I have also seen them get into a pack of truss that was delivered to a job in less than the 2 weeks it took to get the walls ready for them. The truss were delivered when I wasn’t there and the delivery guy just dropped them on the ground. I always make sure that materials are up off the dirt and on top of stacking boards. They had only eaten some of the surface when we found them but they were on their way in.
“They” estimate that termites alone cause $5 billion dollars in property damage per year. All we have to do is treat for them on time and keep an eye out for evidence of them in between.
Bottom line is, if you want your home to be there for you, then you have to take care of it and maintain it regularly.
Repairing Termite Damaged Wood
The common sense approach to termites is to treat for them before you build and however often the chemical manufacturer recommends re-treatment. Also, always use pressure treated wood against all concrete surfaces.