Termite damage is not something to take lightly. The damage can become very bad over time if you do not take steps to stop it. The types of issues termites can cause include a damaged foundation, weakened flooring, crumbling trim, and secondary interior damage. Each type of damaged outlined below can lead to costly repairs around your home. And, termites typically cause damage in multiple areas at once – especially if it is a large infestation – so you may find yourself making repairs in multiple areas of your home.
The first place that termites typically target is the foundation of a property. This is because they need to stay in close contact with moisture-rich soil in order to survive. Subterranean termites often build colonies in the ground under a house or near the foundation. This close proximity to the structural wood of your home makes your foundation the obvious choice for the termites. Foundational issues are notoriously difficult and expensive to repair.
Wood flooring can become damaged from termite activity. This is especially problematic in older homes that contain original wood flooring. Getting an older property with wood flooring in good condition is a goal for many homebuyers. Unfortunately, termites can silently eat away at the wood flooring of your home and lead to areas that are weakened and otherwise damaged. The first sign of termite damage to your floor may be an area that seems to have a little more ‘give’ than it should. Original wood flooring can be difficult and expensive to repair if it gets damaged by termites. In some situations, it is impossible to repair or find matching replacement for old wood flooring which makes the termite damage irreparable.
The trim around your doors, thresholds, and windows likely contains some wood. Termites often target these areas as an infestation grows and moves beyond the foundational wood. Trim can start to look like it is crumbling or wavy when termite damage gets serious. Fixing these areas can be an involved process especially if the damage has reached a level where the trim can no longer function as intended.
Secondary Interior Damage
The damage that termites can cause is not reserved just for wood. They will chew away at the wood around your home but the damage can spread to other areas. When the structure of your property is compromised by termite activity it can lead to secondary damage. Examples include cracks in your walls and ill-closing doors and windows.
A termite infestation is a big deal. It is not something you should ignore or put off treating. These pests can cause serious damage in multiple areas of your home. In order to avoid the damage that termites cause, you need to take steps to keep them away from your property. The easiest way to get started with this process is to get a professional termite inspection.