Wall Damage...Remove Drywall?

Old 07-14-12, 10:11 AM
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Wall Damage...Remove Drywall?

Our house is 17 years old. We bought it in January. I recently came across some damage in the baseboards of one wall in the office. It's old termite damage, I believe. There is no sign of activity, and I know that the previous owner had termite treatment service because we inherited her contract.

I'm curious to know if someone with more experience could take a look at these pictures and let me know if I ought to remove the drywall. There is some evidence of tunneling near the surface, below the paint, but not a lot. I can see a little of one stud through the hole behind the baseboard, and it seems to be fine.

I feel like I should probably remove the drywall and check the studs, but I don't know a lot about this kind of damage and am looking for some other opinions. Thanks!

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Old 07-14-12, 12:40 PM
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I'd lean toward opening it up and replacing any termite eaten wood but it probably isn't necessary. Have you taken a screwdriver and poked the wood to see if it's still fairly solid?

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