Did you know that there are about 2,000 known termite species in the world? With that being said, each year, termites cause $5 billion dollars and more in property damages. These pesty insects chew through wallpaper, flooring, and wood for quite some time without being noticed.
If your home has fallen victim to a termite infestation, then it’s time to take back what’s yours. Don’t let termites run you out of your home. Know what to look for and how to react when a problem is found.
Follow these 5 tips on termite damage repair to keep your home safe and termite free.
1. Make Regular Inspections
The best way to keep termite damage and repairs to a minimum is to make regular inspections. In most cases, a termite infestation goes unnoticed. This is because people don’t normally take notice of them unless they see the insects themselves.
However, with the right inspection, you can stop termites in their tracks. To locate termite damage, first, look for any drywall or wood in your home that seems disturbed or crumbly. You should also check for small piles of what looks like sawdust.
This is the best way to determine where the termites are located. Making regular inspections keeps termites from completely taking over your home. And once you spot any signs of them, you’ll want to act quickly.
2. Have Your Home Treated for Termites
Before making any type of repairs, you’ll want to treat your home for termites. You can save your home, but you’ll want to ensure that all of the termites are taken care of first. Otherwise, you’ll continue having the same problem even if you do replace drywall or wood.
Call in a professional termite specialist. This specialist will treat your home and then give you the green light for when there are no more termites in the home and the infestation has been completely cleared. This specialist will also help you in finding all termite-related damages to your home.
This is an essential step in ensuring that all damages are repaired. Without the specialist there to pinpoint specific damages, some might go unnoticed.
3. Replace Damaged Wood
When wooden beams or other wooden components in your home are damaged due to termites, it’s nearly impossible to repair the wood itself. If a beam of wood has been halfway chewed down, you’ll need to repair it. Replacing damaged wood gives you peace of mind in knowing that the structure is secure.
Remember, you don’t want to make these replacements until the home has been treated for and cleared of all termites. You don’t want those pesky insects chewing up your new wood pieces as well.
4. Add Wood Supports
In some cases, the damage to the wood might not be serious enough to replace it. This might happen when you catch the termites early and treat them quickly. In this situation, you can consider adding wood support to support the damaged pieces.
To do so, add in wooden covers, support beams, and adjustments. However, keep in mind that this is something that should be done with experience as it’s a complicated process. You’ll have to ensure that the type of support that you’re adding is sufficient enough to support the structure.
Because of this, it’s best to have a professional do the job.
5. Have a Professional Assess the Damage
If the wood in your home appears to be darker than normal and has a hollow sound to it, the termite damage is extensive. Small holes and termites trails will be visible when the infestation is beyond DIY repairs.
When it’s more than just one simple wooden beam suffering from termite damage, you should have a professional assess the damage for you. A professional will have the ability to assess the entire home for termite damage and what requires repairs. This includes the home’s walls, foundations, studs, and more.
There might be damage done to your home that isn’t visible to the naked eye, but a professional will be able to pick up on this damage and repair it properly. If cosmetic damage is the only type of damage caused by the termites, then you can consider making the repairs yourself. However, if there’s more serious damage done, then keep in mind that some areas of the home are regulated by state building codes.
These areas include things like the home’s foundation.
6. Keep Your Records Handy
The last thing you’ll want to do when making any repairs to your termite-damaged home is to keep all of your records handy. This is essential because some insurance coverages include termite damage. Also, if your home is new and you’re experiencing termite damage, you may have a good reason to seek out legal redress.
You should also be aware that if you ever plan on selling your home, you’ll need to reveal past home damages. This also acts as a way to prove that you handled the damages before selling your home.
Handling Your Termite Damage Repairs
Don’t let your home’s termites take over. Stop them before they do excessive damage by having regular inspections done. Always have your home treated for and cleared of the termites before making any repairs, and call in the professionals when the damage exceeds easy cosmetic fixes.
Here at Good Life Construction, we have the skilled carpenters that it takes to provide you with structurally sound termite repairs. We only deliver the highest standard of construction, so make an appointment with us today to see how we can help you take your home back.