Entries Tagged as 'Termite Damage'

Termites From the Toilet

October 17th, 2013 · 4 Comments

I showed this home on Monday.  There are termites in the bathroom.  The termite tube starts at the toilet!  And then goes across the bathroom floor and then up the wall.  Crazy.  And creepy.

termite tube coming from toilet across bathroom floor and up the wall Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

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Termite Attack

August 15th, 2013 · 3 Comments

Extensive and intensive termite damage in a Glendale, Arizona home.

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Termite tube in Peoria, Arizona.

subterranean termite damage tube Peoria Arizona home house for sale photo

Termite damage at an office building in Scottsdale, Arizona.  This is the front door of a title/escrow company.  I saw it yesterday when my client had a signing appointment.  The termites created a tube behind the slate tile baseboard, which was hidden from view.  And then they chewed the wood trim up at least 7 feet.

subterranean termite damage tube Scottsdale Arizona office building doorway

Crazy.

subterranean termite damage tube Scottsdale Arizona office building doorway

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Tags: Scottsdale, AZ Homes · Glendale, AZ Homes · Peoria, AZ Homes · Termite Damage

Update On Termites

April 29th, 2013 · 2 Comments

The power of social media is strong and quick.  On April 26th, I posted photos of termite tubes in a Sun City, Arizona house.  One of our readers realized she had termite tubes in her own house.  She called House Doctor Exterminating on the 26th.  They visited the house today the 29th and found that the base boards throughout her brick house were damaged by termites.  The owner is renovating the house and found the termites before remodeling was done.  The house will be treated on May 1st.

Here one photo of several from a post I did 4 years ago.  Termite tubes that hung from the ceiling.

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They’ve Got Termites

April 26th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Termite tubes in Sun City, Arizona.

subterranean termite tubes inside house wall Sun City Arizona home house for sale photo

And on this wall too.  They need to call House Doctor Exterminating, my favorite termite & pest control company in the Phoenix metro area.

subterranean termite tubes inside house wall Sun City Arizona home house for sale photo

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Tags: Other Arizona Cities · Termite Damage

I’ve Been Neglected & Ignored

February 4th, 2013 · 6 Comments

My owners haven’t taken care of me.

ugly neglected beat-up fixer-upper Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

They never seem to wash their hands or their dog.  This is my front door.

ugly neglected beat-up fixer-upper dirty front door Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

Thank goodness for the gap at the front door.  It lets in fresh air.

ugly neglected beat-up fixer-upper dirty front door Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

My kitchen is both beat up and beat down.

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The edge of the kitchen cabinet.  I have termites!!  Long-term termites.  Like many, many years of termites.  My owners ignored the signs.

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They started to remove things and then stopped.

ugly neglected beat-up fixer-upper kitchen cabinets Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

Extensive termite damage.

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They removed a closet.

ugly neglected beat-up fixer-upper closet walls removed Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

They wanted the house to flow better?

ugly neglected beat-up fixer-upper closet walls removed Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

This is the shower door.  It used to be clear.  It’s never been cleaned.

ugly neglected beat-up fixer-upper shower door hard water Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

More termite damage.  How could they ignore this?

ugly neglected beat-up fixer-upper termite damage Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

They got mad and punched me, then tried to patch it over.

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This is the patio roof.

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Kitchen · Mesa, AZ Homes · Dirt, Dust, & Filth · Fixer-Upper · Drywall Damage · Bad Parking · Termite Damage

Many Repairs Needed

January 24th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Settling cracks in a Tonopah, Arizona home.  Not good.

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Drywall damage in the same house.

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And termite damage.

termite damage fixer-upper damaged Tonopah Arizona home house for sale

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Tags: Foreclosure · Other Arizona Cities · Fixer-Upper · Drywall Damage · Termite Damage

Termite Damage & Public Bathroom

July 19th, 2011 · 7 Comments

You never know what you’ll find when you clean out your closet.  Store a cardboard box on a closet shelf and don’t move it for many years.  Termites enter the house, climb up the closet wall, poke a hole in the drywall, and feast on cardboard for months.

extensive major termite damage cardboard box eaten closet Phoenix Arizona home house

I showed this home on Sunday and chuckled imagining the look on the seller’s face when they pulled the box and it disintegrated.  My client was not amused.  We found termite tubes hanging down from the kitchen ceiling too.

extensive major termite damage cardboard box eaten closet Phoenix Arizona home house

My client wasn’t thrilled about the house from the beginning.  While I fumbled to get the key, he zeroed in on the empty beer can in a sack by the front door.

empty beer can in a paper bag sack by front door bad first impression Phoenix Arizona home

A bum used the front entry as a bathroom and left plastic bags with something wet inside.

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My buyer was not pleased by the feces (black spot on right side) and the garbage.  Gross.  The termites were the the final deal breaker.

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Garbage and/or Junk · Termite Damage

4 Out of 5 Termites Recommend This House

March 19th, 2010 · 8 Comments

This Phoenix home is block construction, but subterranean termites went nuts on the wood baseboards.  Every room of the house had chewed up baseboards.  The owner must have been hard of hearing and had poor eyesight.  How do you not see this?

subterranean termite damage wood baseboards chewed up Phoenix home house

The eaves are rotted too.

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The wrong kind of paint was used throughout the house.  Add some moisture and you’re gonna have peeling paint.  This is the kitchen.

peeling paint ceiling Phoenix home house

This is the bathroom.

peeling paint ceiling Phoenix home house

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Tags: Paint · Phoenix Homes · Fixer-Upper · Termite Damage

Rats & Cats & Roaches - Part 2 - Damaged Goods

February 16th, 2010 · 8 Comments

Now that you’ve seen the dirt and filth of this Phoenix fixer-upper, let’s look at how the house was neglected.

This is the laundry room.  There is evidence of roof leaks & water leaks throughout the home.  At one point do you realize the problem isn’t going away?  Do you just look down and ignore it while you do laundry?

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Cracked ceiling in a bedroom on the other side of the house.  Hmmm.  We might have a problem with the roof.

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Dirty hallway with spider webs.

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Looking at it the other direction.  More water damage.

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Wall damage in the hallway, plus more cobwebs.

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Extensive termite infestation in a bedroom.  Termite tube on the right and a mess of termite mud in the corner.  Probably wasn’t noticed until they cleared out the room.

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Structural damage in a bedroom.  Big crack from floor to ceiling.

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Another wall crack in the living room.  And a bigger crack by the front door.

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The living room had vinyl tile that had crumbled over time.  They scraped the tile into piles.

living room ugly floor messy damage neglect fixer-upper home house Phoenix

How much is this home going for?  It’s listed for $205,000!!  It is in a nice neighborhood, but homes in similar condition usually sell for $35,000-$45,000.  This is a near tear-down fixer-upper due to the cat urine smell, the extensive roof & ceiling damage, the structural issues, sanitation issues, poor landscaping, and lack of cabinetry.  It’s a $100,000 remodeling job at a minimum in order to have it match the neighborhood.

The current owners paid $170,000 at the foreclosure trustee’s sale.  I’d bet money they bought it at auction sight unseen.  We can only offer them our best wishes.  Caveat emptor!

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Dirt, Dust, & Filth · Fixer-Upper · Ceiling · Water Damage · Drywall Damage · Termite Damage

Damp Dumb Dump - part 2 of 3

January 27th, 2010 · 4 Comments

This horrible hovel with the roof leak doesn’t look any better in the bathroom.  The previous owners remodeled the shower themselves and did a terrible job.  Look how the shower floor looks wavy and uneven.  Cement and grout smeared everywhere.  And many different types of tile were used (leftover pieces from the bargain bin?).

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What were they thinking?!

awful terrible bad ugly bathroom remodel job tile uneven floor fixer-upper Phoenix home house

This is the roof of the shower.  Notice the different styles of tile and the lack of a consistent pattern.

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The other bathroom features a jetted tub and more awful tile.

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The kitchen.  Once the appliances were removed, the years of neglect were evident.  Termites chewed through the baseboard.  There is a hole where the cabinet meets the baseboard caused by a mouse or to run wire?  Plus more evidence of water damage in yet another part of the house.  The mold spore count in this house is probably off the charts.

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Tags: Bathroom · Kitchen · Foreclosure · Remodeling · What Were They Thinking?!?! · Phoenix Homes · Fixer-Upper · Water Damage · Termite Damage