Pests of all kinds can cause havoc with your family and damage to your home. One of the biggest threats is the termite. Termites can be especially destructive and getting rid of the damage they cause can be a long and difficult process. Thousands of homeowners deal with them every year, so it's important to seek professional help as soon as possible.
Termites enter your home through cracks in your floor or foundation. They can also get in by building shelter tubes from the ground in order to access wood in damp and dark places. Half the battle is knowing what you're up against and how to avoid the worst of the damage. Pay attention to the signs below, so you know when to take action.
How termites can damage your home
The short-term damage
Termites cause a variety of damage. The First things you may notice are pin-sized holes in drywall that are covered in mud. Other signs include mud tunnels on foundations, jammed doors/windows, damaged wooden objects, and a hollow sound when tapping wood or cardboard boxes/paper covering a crack in the floor. This damage is able to cause immediate danger, especially if the termites have weakened the support capabilities of your home.
The long-term damage
You may have a hard time selling your home in the future. People are not comfortable with buying a home with a history of termites because the damage is usually rooted deep into the house and the repairs can be extensive and costly. You will probably lose a bit of your resale value because people will be scared off. It's best to handle the problem before too much damage takes place.
Removal of the termites is a two-step process. First, you need to get rid of the termites with the help of a pest professional. This can be pretty easy and inexpensive. Secondly, you need to take care of repairs to the damage that the termites caused. In order to do this, you may need to gut your home's inner structure depending on the extent of the damage.
Watch for the signs of termites. The damage done can be devastating to your home and stick with your house for years afterward. Take care of them right away. If you suspect termites, then contact us immediately to schedule an inspection.