Termites can cause severe damage to homes, sometimes costing hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs. In most cases, these damages are not covered in standard insurance policies. It is vital to identify impairments at an early stage to avoid expenses. Here are some signs that indicate termite damage:
- Buckling walls or ceilings
- The appearance of water damage
- Mud tunnels on building foundations
- Swarms of flying termites
- Maze-like designs in wooden structures
Advanced termite damage can affect the structure and appearance of your home, even causing floors and ceilings to collapse. Whether termites cause structural or aesthetic damage, there is a need to take immediate action before the condition worsens.
Can Termite Damage Be Fixed?
Some termite species can damage a building beyond repair if the infestation is not addressed for several years. For instance, the Formosan termite, dubbed as the most destructive termite in Australia, can significantly damage a building within two years, if not controlled. Other termite species like drywood termites, which exist in smaller colonies, would take several more years to damage a house altogether. But it is difficult for termites to destroy a house entirely before the homeowner discovers. Once a termite colony grows, signs of infestation become more apparent. Working with a licensed exterminator can help you detect outbreaks while the level of damage is still minimal and the repairs are less expensive.
How to Repair Termite Damage
There are two main ways of repairing termite damage on wood—by replacing damaged sections of the timber or adding support to the damaged wood. Adding wood support is more straightforward, cheaper and works for many structural and non-structural repairs. Repairing structural supports that require replacement can be complicated. So it is necessary to add temporary support to maintain building integrity during the renovation.
Eradicate Termites Before Repair
Termite damage can be reversed through a professional repair. A licensed termite inspector can deal with active infestations and advise on preventive measures. He also identifies areas that need fixes and recommends the best way to perform the repairs. It is essential to control termite infestation entirely before proceeding with repairs on existing damage. Taking this step will prevent expensive repairs.
Preventing Costly Termite Damage
Scheduling annual termite inspections on cpestcontrol.com.au can help prevent the likelihood of structural failure due to termite damage. Expert pest controllers provide a comprehensive report divided into two parts—one that describes the present level of termite damage and another that identifies areas prone to termite infestations. Areas that require regular termite inspection include woodpiles, crawl spaces, interior and exterior walls and other regions with increased moisture. Calling a professional pest controller for annual termite inspection will prevent infestation and high repair costs.