There is evidence of termite damage and a lot of moisture in the basement of my house and the joists need to be replaced. I would like to know if pressure treated joists are a safe option for use indoors, exposed in the basement. Is there an issue with using pressure treated wood indoors? Is there off gassing of harmful vapors and/or chemicals that might become airborne in the house? Can they be left exposed or should they be painted?
I have heard of using pressure treated wood for window/door and other framing that eventually gets finished or enclosed, but not for indoor use as joists or exposed to the environment. Does this seem like a reasonable alternative for insect/moisture proof joists indoors and does anyone have experience with this? Is it safe to have pressure treated wood exposed like that and does it effect indoor air quality?
Any comments/advice would be much appreciated!