My company does about 50% of our business in whole house renovations/additions and 50% in new construction. I believe that taking apart Austin’s 25-75 year old houses teaches lessons than can be applied to new builds. This is one of those lessons. We hear that termites can do damage to a home but unless you see this happening first hand you are unlikely to take the threat seriously.
Here’s a 40’s house my company is working on with Architect Nick Deaver.
It had an addition added in the 80’s and we uncovered some serious rot & termite damage doing the selective demolition stage.
When I started in the building industry in 1995 the production builder I worked for used a chemical pre-treatment of the soil around the foundation. I am sad to say I have no idea what chemicals I ordered to be dumped on the soil but it was probably 50-100 gallons used per house and supposedly kept termites at bay for 10-15 years. Here’s what I’m recommending for all the homes I build or remodel now:
Here’s the link to the borate treatment in the video ( Timbor ) and our local applicator ABC Pest & sister company Termimesh.