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susan mccurry 11-17-2010 12:25 PM

wood fungus
my hardwood floor is disintegrating as well as a couple of cabinets falling off the wall. new soft spots are showing up in other rooms on the hardwood. the trim around a window is soft also. the house used to be stucco. it was torn out and visibly rotted wood replaced. the house was termited about 5 years ago before this started. where can i go to get a piece of the porus wood checked to find out whats going on

PAbugman 11-18-2010 10:14 AM

Houses that were improperly "stuccoed" or "Exterior Insulation Finishing Systems" installed wrong usually have more than one problem. Termites, carpenter ants, and pervasive wood rot/fungus go together. The termites may be back in spite of treatment. Taking a piece of wood somewhere will get that piece diagnosed, but if multiple problems exist then you will be missing potentially important information about your house. I suggest hiring a structural engineer to do a thorough assessment of your structure. They will be objective as they do not do repairs; they are in the information business. It will be expensive, but my sense is that much is wrong at your house. Keep us posted.

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