Termites can cause big problems for your home or business. They can silently eat away at the structural wood of your property which can lead to expensive damage. Termite swarmers come out each year to search for new homes which means that there is never a time when the threat of termites is completely gone. Fortunately, there are a few home maintenance tasks that can aide in preventing termites when combined with the help of a termite pro.
Keep your lawn maintained
A well-maintained yard can help prevent termites. If your lawn is overgrown it is easy to miss signs of problems that can attract or point to termites. For example, improper drainage from your downspouts can lead to an excess of moisture in the soil and make your property more attractive to termites. An overgrown lawn can hide issues like that. On the other hand, if you mow and trim your yard regularly it will much easier to notice such an issue. In addition, termites can often be found in dead or decaying wood. Broken limbs and stumps in your yard can attract termites that can eventually make their way over to your home. Keeping up with your lawn maintenance will help you notice problems that can potentially lead to termites.
Fix water leaks promptly
Dealing with water leaks at your home is a maintenance task that will help prevent termites. Subterranean termites are attracted to properties with moisture rich soil. One of the ways that soil builds up moisture is from leaks. A leak from an air conditioning unit or pipe under your home can cause water to accumulate in the soil around your property. If you fix leaks promptly you can prevent the accumulation of water in your soil and, in turn, help prevent termites from being attracted to your property.
Make sure water drains away from your house
Another maintenance issue related to water is the way that water drains away from your house. If the grade of your lawn, gutters, and downspouts do not work properly moisture can accumulate in your soil. Proper maintenance will require you to clean your gutters regularly and check to make sure water is draining away from your property as it should.
Check regularly for damaged wood
Damaged wood can be a sign of termite activity. It can also be a sign of other issues that can make your home susceptible to a termite infestation. For example, water issues can lead to damaged wood and increase your chance of getting a termite infestation. Checking your home regularly for signs of damaged wood can help you catch a termite infestation or potentially prevent one.
Keeping up with all of your home maintenance tasks will help with your efforts to prevent termites and other types of pests. When you combine those efforts with regular professional termite inspections and preventative treatments, you can prevent termite damage to your home.