Termites, you have to admire these little guys. They have survived for millions and millions of years through several of earth's evolutionary disasters. Termites were eating wood when T-Rex roamed our planet, but unlike the star of Jurassic Park termites are still around and very plentiful today.
As much as one may have an admirable respect for these tiny insects, they are a pest which destroys our homes. The average cost to repair damage caused by termites in a home is $3000. The treatment cost to rid these voracious pests can start at $700 for a small house.
The termite species that live in Connecticut are known as subterranean. The name is undoubtedly derived from the fact these termites live in the ground. They do not live in the house, they eat it! Because the termites nest is outside the house the most common areas to find damage are at the perimeter areas of the structure. The sill and box plates are most often where the munching starts.
During a home inspection in Connecticut the perimeter areas of the house structure are probed. Very often damage is not overtly apparent as the termites much inside the wood because they do not like to be exposed. However their presence can be more easily detected when the damage becomes severe.
On a home inspection I performed recently what I would term extreme termite damage was discovered. I would not call this an unusual find. What was quite troublesome however is the home has been completely renovated.
When I say completed renovated, I mean it's a flip house.
As expected everything inside and out is pretty, pretty. In the basement the front sill plate for about 10 to 12 feet was gone. It had been eaten out of existence by termites. The floor joists were resting on top of the foundation wall. They had squished the sill as the termites ate it up.
My second photo shows what the unscathed sill looks like. The floor has settled due to the damage over one inch.
The buyer's agent stated the sellers would not be doing any repairs because they had given the buyer such a good price. Unfortunately after the inspection the sellers are going need to spend quite a bit more money, this was hardly the only big issue, to get this house in shape.
When you hear the word flip, you should turn and walk away.
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