Are those termites in the electric panel box?
That was the question I got by the buyers of this church.
This is one of 8 panel boxes in the building. It is located on the wall between a hallway and the sanctuary. That wall is concrete block, and extends to the slab. The slab below is cracked!
Do you see what we saw?
There was a substantial amount of mud around, and inside, this box.
Are they active?
There was mud powder and dried termite carcasses on a box and the floor directly underneath.
This is the second time I have seen an electric panel box infested with termites.
There are theories why they seem attracted to electricity.
One is that termites may feel the power fields.
And another theory is that they like the heat. That transformer is 124F, which is warm for a transformer in my experience. Is the heat there caused by what it services or the termites?
Whatever it is, if they come they can't stay long or they will dry up.
My recommendation: you don't know what a home inspector might find, no matter where you look to buy! Things are what they are. This will have to be investigated by a termite specialist, of course. And probably an electrician! I don't know where this will go, but it will have to go somewhere! I would like to know what the final verdict and fix are!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
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