Termite Resistance Checklist

Claudette Reichel  |  1/5/2007 10:46:14 PM

__     No untreated wood left in soil

__    Moisture-managed construction (See Moisture Control section)

__    Professional soil treatment under foundation

__    Termite barriers at hidden pathways

__    Best: no untreated structural wood or vulnerable insulation

__    Borate-treated wall/roof framing, cellulose insulation, foams

__    Pressure-treated (not borate) or composite wood decking

__    Masonry, concrete or steel construction

Slab foundation:

__    Monolithic poured slab

__    Slab specifications to minimize cracking

__    Steel mesh epoxied pipe collars within slab

__    Consider treatment of control joints and cracks

__    No wood forms, stakes, etc. left in ground

Raised foundations:

__    No hollow concrete blocks below grade

__    Hollow block foundation walls capped with concrete

__    Piers are solid, resistant material

__    Termite shields between foundation and framing to force termite exposure

__    Floor joists >18 inches above ground

All foundations:

__    No vulnerable foam insulation under ground (below grade)

__    Minimum 8 inches clearance between siding and finished grade

__    Minimum 6 inches clearance between wooden steps and soil

__    Foundations detailed for ease of inspection and detection

__    Porches, terraces not filled with soil

__    Porch supports separated from house minimum 2 inches

Other:

__    Downspouts, sprinklers, drain lines discharge >2 feet from house

__    Plantings placed min. 3 feet from foundation

__    Termite-resistant mulch near house

__    Plumbing and conduit off the ground; no wood supports

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