Termite Inspection: An Important Step in the Termite Damage Repair Process

Wood_Destroying_Pest_Inspection_DocumentTermite damage is one of the top dreaded circumstances a homeowner can run into, but many don’t realize just how common it is to find these wood-eating pests invading a home. A precautionary termite inspection and preventive treatment may be enough to help some homeowners ward off termites for good, but unfortunately, there are still plenty of structures out there getting attacked every day. If you do find that you have an infestation problem, it doesn’t immediately have to mean a total loss. Completing certain steps in the aftermath of termite detection and extermination will allow you to make repairs and reverse termite damage if you go about it the right way.

Termite Inspection

This may seem like an unnecessary procedure after you’ve already established that you have termites and have gone through the extermination process, but a termite inspection is actually the first, and one of the most important, steps to follow if you’re going to be successful in repairing any damage. It’s not always a guarantee that termites will be fully eliminated after an extermination or that a new infestation won’t develop, so it’s essential that you have someone come in to reassess the situation and look for any remaining signs of life.

Assessing the Damage

Once you no longer have the pests in your home, you can begin to survey the damage that’s been done and decide if you think you are able to tackle the restoration project yourself. For minimal and surface destruction, you might want to start with applying a wood hardener, which will fill any holes left behind by the termites. If it’s a little more extensive, you can try scraping away the affected wood, leaving a new, smooth surface underneath to be treated with a wood filler or sealant.

Commissioning a Professional Termite Contractor

Inspecting for termitesIf there is any kind of serious damage done to your home, it is advised that you call a professional termite contractor to work on the repairs and ensure that you will be left with a secure structure. If termites have infested the building and have been gnawing on everything that keeps your home together, like the foundation, walls, etc., you won’t want to take a chance that it could all come crumbling down around you. There is also the possibility that if you begin to go at it alone you could run into a much larger and more intense problem than you anticipated, creating even more work and potentially greater harm to the structure. A contractor will have a trained eye and be able to advise you best on the extent of the damage.

Repairing termite damage won’t generally be a fun do-it-yourself project no matter how handy and self-sufficient you are. Keeping up on periodic termite inspections is a good way to prevent the threat of termites and a bigger headache and expense in the long run. It may also be worth checking into to see if you’re covered under your homeowner’s insurance policy for termite damage.

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My name is Tiffany Olson and I love to blog on real life scenarios that I have had experience with. My parents recently went through a termite debacle and got some great help from Killroy Pest Control. They specialize in pest control and termite inspection in Hayward, CA.

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4 thoughts on “Termite Inspection: An Important Step in the Termite Damage Repair Process

  1. My wife and I have neighbors on either side of us who recently had termite problems. This has left us nervous that we may have the same problem as well. I agree with your point about how this is one project that would not be a fun do-it-yourself type, no matter how handy and self-sufficient you are. I’ll definitely just have someone come and inspect it.

  2. That’s good to know that termite damage generally isn’t a DIY project you can do. I’m not an expert, but it sounds to me like you should make sure that the pest problem is completely dealt with before you begin any repairs. I’ll have to speak with a termite service before I take any drastic steps. Thanks for the info!

  3. This is why we opt to schedule an annual termite inspection in our house in order to prevent problems in the future. We wouldn’t want to create more damage by doing it ourselves so it’s better to let the pest control professionals do the job. Thanks for the info.

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