Why Termite Inspections Are Important

Why Termite Inspections Are Important

With the average cost of the damage caused by termites to homeowners somewhere around $3,000, having a termite inspection carried out is clearly well worth it. And of course, termite damage can cost you a lot more than that, depending on the extent of the infestation and the size and structure of your home. Most homeowner’s insurance policies don’t cover the costs of damage caused by termites, another good reason for an inspection. It can also depend on where in the US you live; termites are more common in the southeast of the country. Termite inspections typically cost between about $65 and $200, and are recommended whether you are buying your home, or have lived there for some time.

Termite inspections are important because termites can potentially cause so much damage, much of it not immediately apparent until it’s too late. There are over 2,000 species of termites; some can cause more damage than others, but in general they like to eat wood, paper and cardboard. Many of them thrive in damp conditions and can eat through cardboard, wallpaper and wood very quickly. If your house has a wooden structure or wooden foundations, having an inspection on a regular basis is a must. Having an inspection at least once a year is recommended by most experts, although if you think you have an infestation or spot some of the signs, immediate action is needed. And termite inspections are a must if buying a home; if there is a problem, you can negotiate with the seller to have the price lowered or the infestation dealt with.

Most professional termite inspections focus on looking for the tell tale signs that can indicate that you have an infestation. Different types of termites can cause different types of damage, although in general the signs of termite damage include the following. A distinctive honeycomb pattern in the wood in your house is typically a sign of subterranean termites, while drywood termites tend to eat the wood along the grain. If the wood in your house sounds hollow when you tap it, or if it seems brittle and breaks easily, these can also be indications that you may have a serious termite problem.

Other signs of termites include flooring that buckles or sage, as well as tiny holes in your drywall. And because termites also need easy access to the wood in your home, most professional termite inspections also focus on identifying termite shelter tubes that are made from soil and other debris and connect the soil in your yard to any above ground wood. Other signs of termite damage can include fecal pellets which can accumulate wherever an infestation is found. And you can sometimes see discarded termite wings around your property; the wings come off when a swarm of termites has found a new place to nest.

Although you can look for signs of termites yourself, if in any doubt it always pays to have a professional and thorough termite inspection carried out. The technician will not only carefully inspect inside and outside your home, but can also advise you on the best ways to prevent possible termite issues. Because termites like wood, removing dead or rotting wood from around your property can help to keep them away. You can also buy chemicals to treat the wood in your home to deter termites, and avoid spreading any mulch too close to your home. Termite shields are an effective method of keeping termites away from the wooden structure if you are currently building a home. Effective termite prevention is a much better solution than having to deal with a major infestation.

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