When you manage properties you have to be proactive about keeping them in tiptop shape. Small issues can quickly turn into major problems if they are left unaddressed. These major problems often come with high repair costs. One common issue that property managers have to contend with is termites. Termites infest properties throughout the US and are a constant threat to any structure that contains wood. There are some steps you can take to significantly reduce the likelihood that the properties you manage will become infested and sustain damage from termites.
Make termite inspections a priority
Each and every property that you manage needs a professional termite inspection. This will let you know if there are any signs of an active termite infestation at the property. Treatment recommendations are part of the inspection report if an active infestation is discovered. An inspection will also reveal if there has been any previous termite treatment. If there is no infestation found at a property you can talk to the inspector about any areas of the property that appear to be at risk for attracting termite activity. An example of this is an area where there is excess water due to a leaking pipe or malfunctioning downspout.
Keep up with the maintenance on your properties
You cannot control the fact that termites exist in the area where you manage properties. But, you can control some factors that impact how susceptible your properties are to a termite infestation. Subterranean termites are a common type of termites in the US. They especially like warm climates that experience plenty of rain. This is because subterranean termites need to be in close contact with moisture in order to survive. They build their colonies in moisture rich soil and travel back and forth through mud tubes. You can inadvertently provide these termites the moisture they need to thrive if you neglect the maintenance of your properties. One leaking pipe can lead to a buildup of moisture that attracts termites. Make the maintenance of your properties a regular part of your property management routine in order to prevent termites.
Educate tenants on the signs of termite damage
The tenants in the properties you manage can be a great asset in your fight against termite damage. Educate your tenants on the signs of termite activity such as the presence of swarmers, mud tubes, and wood damage. Your tenants are not responsible for diagnosing a termite infestation but you can ask them to pass along anything they notice that could be a sign of a problem. If they mention a potential issue to you then you can take steps toward having the property looked at by a professional.
Termites are an ever-present threat but that does not mean you should give up on protecting the properties you manage from them. Following the tips mentioned above will give you a good chance of keeping your properties free from termites and the damage they cause.