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07:03AM | 05/22/03
Member Since: 05/21/03
2 lifetime posts
closing on june 25..inspection found substantial subter. termite damage to two roof trusses.inspector said they came up through "cold" joint between house an addition that was added about 10 years ago . house built 1975..concrete block.... slab foundation(s}addition built on seperate foundation. current owners agree to fix trusses and treat prop. for termites, but what is needed to fix,fill, maintain this "cold" joint? 1st time homebuyer so I'm a little freaked out, but like the house so I'm willing to try anything! thanks guys

Jay J

06:25AM | 05/27/03
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
I think a Cold Joint is one that means the 2 'units' are not attached. By not attaching the 2 units, the 2 units are allowed to 'move' at will. This could be a double-edged sword.

The $64,000 question is: Is there recent movement between the 2 masses? Is that movement detrimental or not?

I'd find out more about the cold joint. Find out from the Inspector what 'actions' you can/should take to mitigate future termite damage w/regards to the joint. Improved drainage, landscaping, air, AND sunlight, any/all of which, if sufficiently altered, will deter termites. (The more you can impove in ALL these areas, the better.)

Of course, you can walk away if you're not satisfied. My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!

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