I'm posting this here since it covers more than one topic-
I attempted to have the back door on my kitchen replaced the other day (doors open to a deck). When they pulled up the threshhold, there were carpenter ants & termites. The damage continues down to the crawl space below the kitchen (but I have no idea yet how far over it goes into the walls, etc- there's damage at least six inches over into the wall).
Anyway, I had my first of 4 estimates today- the person said I have both carpenter ants & termites in my front and back crawl space.
I purchased this old house (110-150yrs old) less than six months ago "as is"- I knew there were going to be issues....anyway, I live near a small creek and get water in the basement. The sump pump works well, but the house has NO gutters on it.
So which do I fix first? I know I need to get rid of the water problem in order to help with the termites since the termites are happy with my musty wet basement. I was planning on doing the gutters this spring, then having the basement waterproofed early next year.
Now I don't know if I should spend the money presently budgeted for gutters on the termite extermination or if I need to still take care of the water problem first and let these critters continue to chomp on my house.
Obviously I need to fix all of these things (including the immediate repair of the hole that's been cut in my kitchen floor and termite damage), but I know if I don't fix the moisture problem, then the termites are going to linger even longer! But if I fix the damage, they will have a new place to eat.
Which to deal with first?? Help!
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