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Creepin it real…when termites attack

You might not hear them. You might not see them. Something is stirring in your house, climbing up the walls, gnawing beneath the surface. Termites.

A homeowner who discovers termite damage will spend an average of $3,000 to repair the damage. There is good reason to be concerned about these little pests. Termites are capable of compromising the strength and safety of an infested structure and homes constructed primarily of wood are not the only structures at risk of termite infestation. Termites are capable of traversing through plaster, metal, siding and more. Once they are inside, termites will then begin to feed on cabinets, floors, ceilings, and wooden furniture. It seems that they will stop at nothing. But don’t panic! There are some things that you can do. Identification of termite infestation is key, as well as preventative measures that can be taken to protect your home. And in case of termite damage, Home Mender is ready to help!

Three different types of termites leave different signs to look out for. Subterranean termites live underground and the interior damage they create might not become apparent until infestations are full-blown. Signs to look out for include buckling wood, swollen floors and ceilings, areas that appear to be suffering from slight water damage and visible mazes within walls or furniture. Drywood termites build their colonies within the wood on which they feed. These termites can be found inside of walls or furniture. Infestations may only become noticeable after a colony has infested an item so deeply that the veneer cracks and maze-like tunnels beneath become visible. Dampwood termites thrive in wood that is damp or decaying. Once these termites are established their activities can expand into dry wood. They tend to work upwards, going from the foundation of a structure up to the roof rafters.

Is it too late if termites seem to have taken over? No way. That is your house they are messing with. First, measures should be taken to ensure that the termite infestation has been fully exterminated before any repairs are done. Consult a professional termite inspector to determine termite activity and how to deal with the infestation as well as preventatives.
The next step is to repair the existing damage. Repairing termite damage can be a big undertaking depending on the extent of the infestation. Key structural elements might need to be replaced or repaired, as well as small repairs done for interior items such as cabinetry, doors, sidings, window frames, and trimmings. Lucky for you, Home Mender specializes in carpentry, doors and windows, flooring, and much more that can help you repair your home after termite damage has been done!

You will rest easy knowing that the pests are gone and that Home Mender can and will put a smile back on your place!

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