Every homeowner asks themselves from time to time, “Do I need a termite inspection?”. While we all worry about termites damaging our homes, it is a reality that we must face. More importantly, we need annual termite inspections to prevent permanent termite damage. As a result, homeowners that understand termite inspection services are prepared to keep their home and family safe.
Signs of Termite Damage in Hardwood Floors and Walls
Termites can be difficult to detect, but with careful inspection you should be able to find termite damage and correct the problem before it gets too severe. There are specific signs that homeowners should look for that indicate termites are in your house and that immediate action is necessary.
First, hardwood floors and painted wood, such as trim, may be discolored or blistered in areas that have termite damage. This is due to the termites tunneling close to the surface. Tapping on wood around your home, especially in areas where you have seen signs of termite activity, is a good indicator. If there is termite damage, the wood will make a hollow sound when it is tapped.
Termite-damaged hardwood flooring may begin to buckle and sag because it can no longer hold weight. Sagging or crumbling drywall or blistering and buckling paint may indicate that the wood behind is damaged by termites.
Furthermore, termites will eat any kind of cellulose, not just wood. They may also tunnel through other materials to get to the wood behind. We look for small holes in your home’s sheet rock, plaster, or wallpaper. Finally, frass, the small piles of fecal pellets left by termites, are a sure sign of damage.
If you see any of these signs in or around your home, particularly in terms of damage to your hardwood floors, the answer to “Do I need an annual termite inspection?” should be YES.
Annual Termite Inspections
In order for peace of mind, it is important to schedule an annual termite inspection. Eliminate ‘Em’s property assessment goes over all areas of the home, from the basement to crawl spaces, with our team searching for signs of wood debris and potential entry points. After we remove the termites, we provide professional tips for addressing early signs and preventing further termite damage.
Eliminate Em’s professional termite inspectors are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assess protect your home or commercial property against termites. If you haven’t had your home inspected lately and suspect termites, it’s time to give us a call: (866) 585-9746.