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Written by Fernando Munoz
on June 30, 2020

When you notice damage to your home it can often be difficult to determine the source of the problem. When it comes to damaged wood, there are often two or three possibilities: termite damage, water damage, or age-related defects. Each one of these elements can lead to extensive damage and be expensive to repair. And, each type of damage will continue to get progressively worse if you do not deal with the underlying issue. So, how do you tell if you have termite damage, water damage, or age-related defects?

Termite damage

Termites are notorious for causing serious and expensive damage for home and business owners. Any property that has some type of wood used in the construction is at risk for developing a termite infestation. Termites eat away at wood and can cause it to become weakened over time. Some signs of termite damage in wood include wood that sounds hollow when tapped, looks wavy, or appears to be crumbling. Any of these issues can point to termite activity in your home. The signs of termite damage can easily be confused with other types of wood damage – especially if you are not trained to spot the difference – so it is important to get professional help identifying the damage you have so you can determine the appropriate course of action.

Water damage

Wood can become damaged by water over time. This typically happens in areas where the water is so constant that the wood never has time to fully dry out. When wood is continuously wet because of a leak or some type of flooding it can start to rot away. You may have heard this term called wet rot. This type of rot can look similar to termite damage because it can cause the wood to crumble away and become weakened. One way to help yourself tell the difference between this and termite damage is to check the wood for moisture. If there is an excessive amount of moisture in the wood then it points to the possibility of wet rot.

Age-related defects

Wood is a strong material for constructing homes. However, it is not impervious to the passage of time and will show signs of age-related defects eventually. These defects can occur from exposure to the elements or simply age. And, age-related defects often look similar to termite damage. As you examine your home for signs of damage, consider the age of the property to help you determine if it is possible for the damage to be related to age. You may need the assistance of a termite professional to help you distinguish between age-related defects and termite damage.

If you find wood around your property that is damaged it is important to determine the root cause. Figuring out what caused the damage will guide your decisions about how to address the issue. The pros at TAPS Termite can help you determine if the damage to your wood is related to termite activity or some other type of issue. Once you have an answer about the source of the damage you can start the process of making repairs and preventing future damage.

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