One of the reasons termites are so problematic is that it can be difficult to spot the damage they cause. Termites are small which means that they stay out of sight relatively easily. In addition, the areas where termites prefer to spend their time are often out of the way spots that you do not see on a daily basis. In order to keep a close eye on the condition of your home you need to learn about the areas around your property where termite damage is likely to show up. When you know where to look for termite damage you can create a schedule and check those areas regularly as part of your normal home maintenance.
If your home was built using pier and beam then you have a crawlspace between the ground and your house. This space is an area where termites commonly infest. They can stay close to the soil of your home – which they need to do in order to survive – and have easy access to the structural wood under your house. The crawlspace is typically a cramped area and can be difficult to access. Because of this, most homeowners only go into the crawlspace when there is an issue. If you are committed to keeping an eye out for termite activity then you need to take the time to check your crawlspace from time to time. The wood in that area is most likely to show the earliest signs of termite damage. If you can discover termite damage early on you can stop the termites and prevent more damage from occurring. Keep an eye out for pieces of wood that look wavy or hollowed out. If you notice any wood under your house that doesn’t look right then it is worth your time to make a call to a local termite professional.
Around windows and doors
In older homes there is wood used in many areas of construction. If you have an older property then you may have windows, doors, cabinets, and floors that are all made using wood. Any of those areas are at risk for termite damage. In newer homes there are typically fewer wood elements. However, the majority of properties, whether they are new or old, have wood near the doors and windows. Take a look at the threshold of your exterior doors and your window sills. If those are wood then you should keep an eye on those areas for signs of termite activity. The wood around doors and windows are common spots to find termite damage. The wood may look wavy, hollowed out, or like it is disintegrating. Any damage to the wood around your doors or windows should be addressed immediately because that type of damage can lead to other issues beyond just termites.
There are possible causes for damaged wood other than termites. However, the fact that these pests can cause such widespread damage should make getting your home checked for termites your first response to noticing damaged wood. Checking your crawlspace, thresholds, and windowsills regularly for signs of damage is one way for you to be proactive about protecting your home from termites. If you have discovered damage – or want help looking for signs of termite activity – get in touch with the pros at TAPS Termite.