Spot termite damage and resolve trouble before it’s too late
One of the worst things you can be told as a homeowner is that you have a termite infestation. Many property owners will, justifiably, be concerned that their foundation is lost or that their home has been damaged irreparably. However, if you know what the signs of termites are and how to act quickly to get rid of the pests, you may be able to prevent further damage.
Consistently Inspect Your Property for Signs of Termites
Begin by inspecting the interior and exterior of your home for signs of termites. Unless winged termites are swarming out of their colonies, you aren’t likely to see them. But you can recognize their presence if there are signs that wood or drywall is crumbly and easily disturbed. You might also see skin casings left behind or tiny specks of excrement, which look a little like sawdust, left in the small pile. Once you have isolated the area where the pests live, there are a few different steps you can take. Whether you choose a DIY method or contact a professional, it is best to act promptly.
The next step you take is to plan your comprehensive termite damage repair.
- Have a Professional Assess the Damage
Protect the safety of your family and home by having this professional assess the damage done to foundations, walls, studs and other “bones” of the home. Even if you intend to do the repairs yourself, this professional can provide you with a lot of valuable insight and information.
- Determine How Much of the Project You Can Handle
There are some areas of the home, such as the foundation, that are regulated by state building codes so be prepared to educate yourself when repairs or improvements are undertaken. However, if you are simply making cosmetic repairs caused by termites, you may be able to complete all of the work yourself.
- Expect Discouragement
It is important to realize that a lot of homeowners discover more damage than they first uncovered as they begin their repairs. Recognize that this is a possibility and be prepared to call in a professional if you identify deep damage that could affect the structure and stability of your home.
- Keep a Record of Your Experience
Your insurance coverage may include termite protection. If the home is new, you may have reason to seek legal redress. Eventually, if you decide to sell your home, the law requires that you reveal past damage. Your records can be used to obtain insurance compensation, as evidence in a legal case, and as proof that you remedied the situation before the time of sale.
Once you have eliminated the pests, you will need to take steps to prevent new infestations. Contact a professional to ensure your prevention is a success.