While natural wood materials provide a classic look, they can also be susceptible to a few types of damage. Termites, wood rot, and water damage can wreak havoc on wood fences, decks, siding, and supports. Termite damage can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare, but being proactive and initiating repairs quickly can help minimize these pests’ harmful effects.
What Does Termite Damage Look Like?
Various termite species can attack homes, and many of them share the same warning signs. The most visible sign that a home has a termite infestation (aside from seeing the insects swarm, of course) is the presence of tunnels or mazes in wood furniture, support beams, and other wood parts. Termite frass is another common sign. “Frass” is the sand- or sawdust-like excrement that termites produce, and homeowners may see piles of the stuff on their floors. Some signs of termite damage can look like water damage; wood that is buckling or swollen may be getting eaten from the inside.
Repairing Termite Damage
Repairing termite damage is not as simple as swapping out the affected furniture or building materials. First and foremost, homeowners must work with an exterminator to ensure that all termites are killed. Preventative maintenance may be necessary to avoid future infestations. After the termites have been eradicated, homeowners must work with qualified contractors to replace any damaged wood. Some damage can simply be patched or reinforced with new wood. However, in areas that are incredibly unsightly or structurally significant, removing the old wood and replacing it entirely may be necessary.
Risk Factors for Termite Infestation
The key to avoiding termite damage is preventing an infestation in the first place. Termites love moist spaces, so homeowners must address any plumbing, drainage, or leakage issues before they escalate. Cutting back any wood that touches a home’s exterior can help keep termites out, as can filling any cracks or gaps in the home’s foundation. Working with reputable home improvement contractors before, during, and after termite damage repair is critical, and a professional exterminator can help eliminate these harmful pests.
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