Termites can destroy a house fast, and damage from termites can be costly to repair. Damaged areas may even need to be replaced entirely due to structural damage. That’s why it’s so important to prevent and eliminate termite infestations as soon as possible. Here are some of the most common problems termites cause for homeowners.
A new or otherwise minor infestation may only cause cosmetic issues. While the damage isn’t structural yet, you won’t like the look of bubbling in exterior paint, mud tunnels on foundation walls or entrance holes in your drywall.
These problems may indicate widespread or growing damage and should be taken seriously.
As termites eat away at the wood in your home they create pathways for water to enter and cause damage. Water damage can cause drywall to deteriorate, warp structural and decorative wood and result in rot and mold.
If the water damage wasn’t enough of a threat on its own, mold can be life-threatening depending on the type of mold and your sensitivity to it. Reactions to mold can range from mild allergic reactions to dangerous respiratory issues.
Even the simple presence of termites can cause allergic reactions for members of your household. You may be allergic to the dust termites create or the saliva and feces of the termites themselves.
You can also have an allergic reaction to their stings and bites. Soldier termites are notorious for biting and stinging when threatened.
A house can take some structural damage before collapsing completely, but much like a game of Jenga, a solid structure is important to the longevity of your home. If most of your house is made of wood it might be an easy target for termites.
Termites usually begin their assault from one entrance area, like a pile of old wood left next to your foundation. Once they reach the wooden internal structure they can quickly eat away at the entire home.
Structural damage from termites manifests in a variety of ways. You may notice floor or roof sagging, cracks in drywall or leaks. In most cases, repair to the structure of a home is the most costly result of termite infestations.
Termites are one of the most expensive and devastating problems your house can have. Infestations may not even be noticed for years, at which point it might be too late to prevent major damage to the home. If you notice any signs of an infestation, contact Alliance Pest Management immediately for a free termite inspection.