Termites - anyone else had a problem?5 Replies
We purchased our Maison de Village on 13th May, and almost immediately discovered extensive and live termites infesting the kitchen floor and one beam. We were devastated, as you can imagine. There is also old evidence of damage to one window lintel and the front door frame, on closer inspection, but this does not appear to be live. Does anyone have any experience of termites in beams, and know how much damage can be done before a beam becomes structurally unsafe? The beam is a huge thing - more than five metres long and at least 20 x 20 cm, and there is surface damage along two sides for about a metre and a half, but under this the beam feels fairly sound. It had been plastered over but a second surveyor, employed by us, noticed tell tale signs straight away in this beam and pointed out where to remove the plaster. The beam won't be easy to replace in a village house with neighbours on either side The survey done before purchase indicated that the house was free of termites, and to be fair, the original company have met us, admitted they made a mistake and are paying for treatment BUT they are saying they will not pay for structural damage as it has been there a long time. We are having a further meeting on Tuesday. We understand that any removed timber has to be burnt 'on site' - again difficult in a village house with no garden and no open fire! This will leave us without a kitchen floor and with a dodgy beam! If anyone in the Languedoc area has gone through a similar experience I'd be only too happy to hear from them, to know how they went on, and if they have any tips to offer in our circumstances. We'd be grateful to hear from anyone with any suggestions, help, or even 'Absolutely don't do x or y or whatever...................'