Once termites start consuming the cellulose in your home’s wood, the damage can be swift or gradual. However, by the time you notice it, your property may have serious structural issues that impact its value.
Working with an exterminator to rid your property of the termites is the first step. From there, what options do you have?
Although damage varies by species, drywood termites go after structural timbers and other wood products in your home, chewing across the grain and hollowing out the area. Visually, even if you don’t spot the termites, it can look like a small maze has formed in the wood or that certain areas of your home have strange, unexplainable water damage. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), termites cause an estimated $5 to $30 billion in damage annually.
How do they cause so much destruction? Generally, damage occurs from the inside out. As it often begins in the basement, a homeowner might not notice the pests for months or years. At the same time, these pests attract moisture, which causes a second degree of damage: Rot, combined with mold and fungus growth.
With these factors in mind, once the pests are gone, you could be facing:
- Structurally unsound ceilings and walls
- Aesthetic issues – for instance, the mazes and water-like damage
- Mud tunnels in your foundation
- Damaged drywall, carpeting and furniture
- Damaged windows, doors, decks and siding
- Damaged insulation
Repairing termite damage has a two-fold purpose: Improving your home’s stability and the appearance of the damaged wood. These repairs help with safety inside your home and may reduce the property’s chances of being devalued.
Depending on the degree of damage, a combination of repairs may be performed:
- Hardening the wood. A compound that hardens the surface of the wood may be applied if the damage is strictly superficial. It’s used to fill in the “maze” lines.
- Adding temporary supports to all of the damaged areas throughout your home.
- Sanding and scraping away all signs of an infestation, before a wood sealer is applied below the surface.
- Replacing the damaged supports with more structurally sound options.
- Damage may be behind tiles and around piping and wires, so a contractor may take apart your home’s plumbing and electrical systems, plus any materials on the walls, to replace the low-quality, bored wood.
Until the termites have been completely removed, you should hold off on making repairs. Otherwise, the existing pests may go after the supports you have installed.
Are you looking to get rid of termites, repair their damage and have a pest control professional regularly check your home? To start the recovery process and protect your home from further termite damage, give us a call today at 866-802-7378.