Termite Damage – Identify and Prevent Termite Damage
In nearly every country of the world, termite damage is an ongoing concern for homeowners. Termites are a small but effective enemy that devour wood and cause damage to properties, and considerable costs to home owners. You are probably wondering what are these little insects and how can you protect your home and wood fixtures from these pesky little insects.
Termites, are tiny insects that feed off the minerals inside of wood. They are found in nearly every part of the world. Considered widely to be an irritating problem, they live in colonies of hundreds and can reproduce and multiple quickly, causing an increase in their environmental impact. The cost to repair termite damage is often an unexpected expense for homeowners, that can be easily prevented with the proper precautions and treatments.
Protecting your wood from termites is as essential has any other home maintenance activity. An overlooked infestation of termites can do considerable property damage. Unfortunately, termites can go for extended periods unnoticed- they gradually gnaw away at structures, but the actual “damage” happens over time. Termite damage is often mistaken for water damage, but unlike water damage termites will continue to multiply and cause more damage spreading like a virus through the wooden structures of your home.
Luckily, preventing termite damage is simple and fairly routine in modern home development. It is as simple as getting a termite pretreatment done on the wooden structural pieces of your home while it is being built- It is most effective when applied prior to the finishing such as roofing, and siding. A treatment to the wood called “termiticide” is used that prevents termites from getting inside the wood. This can also be used on structures that already have been submitted to termite damage to prevent the spread. Modern home building methods will include a termite pretreatment, however older structures should be inspected for signs of termites. Primarily, being aware of your soil conditions will give you a good idea of your risk level for termite infestation. Homes located in wooded areas, are at a higher risk of infestation, if you live in a wooded area you will need to be more diligent with your inspections. Keep in mind that any wooden structure can be infested become infested, so check your garage, sheds, fences, and furniture. Fortunately, If you are able to identify where termite damage has occurred early on, you will save yourself tons of money in repairs.
Termite damage is a real, and ongoing hidden threat for home owners everywhere. Making sure that you obtain a regular home inspection, if you have purchased or are living in an older home can help you identify if there is a termite problem present early on. When building new, investing in the required preventative treatments should save you from any future grief. If you are not sure if you have termite damage in your home get a professional opinion to help you identify where termite damage is a concern.