Can you tell me what this is?

triflesJune 6, 2009

Tore off some damaged tile and drywall and found this behind it (next to a shower stall that had a leaking double track door). I don't find pictures of dry rot that resemble this (though that's what we suspect), and I'm wondering what we're dealing with here. Has anyone seen this before, and if so - what is it, and what needs to be done? It's hard to the touch and crumbly. Thanks for any help!

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Looks like some kind of insect damage, like carpenter ants.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2009 at 9:15PM
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Oh, for heaven's sake! We never considered it might be critters. Thanks, Casey!

    Bookmark   June 6, 2009 at 10:09PM
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Termites? I don't know but I'd bet its insect damage. Yikes!

    Bookmark   June 6, 2009 at 11:46PM
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Looks like termites or similar to me. You should get a pest inspector in to check for more damage, and whether they are still active.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2009 at 12:57AM
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Looks like subterranean termites, they come up through the plumbing near wet areas. Are you on a slab? If so they come up where the piping comes through the slab. Will need to treat and depending on the damage to the wood replacement may be required.

Normally the damage is localized not throughout the house.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2009 at 7:23PM
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It's definitely termites. The extent of the overall damage will depend on how far away this is from the edge of the building.
If this is in the middle of the house, then they;ve been eating since they got in at the houses edge.
Did you have an incident where flying insects were in the house. Or did you see insect wings laying all around with some bugs walking . If so, you had a termite swarm. That's when the reproductive males and females breakout to find new places to build a nest.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2009 at 6:32PM
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This is so fascinating. That wall area is just a couple of feet from the exterior of the house. Here's hoping... I have a pest inspector scheduled for tomorrow morning. Thanks, everyone! (Don't remember a swarm...)

    Bookmark   June 16, 2009 at 3:56PM
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