Why Termite Damage in Virginia Homes Can’t Go Untreated
If you have owned a home for long, then you know the need for upkeep is never-ending. And while some things cannot be predicted or prevented (such as a tornado touching down on your property, or an accidental fire) termites are a different story. It is safe to say that termite infestations can be predicted; they will likely infest any property made of wood if conditions are right and they are given enough time. But they can be prevented from doing so. Today, we will focus on the damage that can accumulate if a termite infestation is not found and stopped, and what can be done ahead of time to prevent an infestation from happening in the first place.
If Nothing Is Done To Stop A Termite Infestation
Subterranean termites are sneaky, destructive pests. They will come up from the ground and either go directly into the wood of a home (if there is a spot where wood touches the soil) or they will build mud tubes to crawl through, undetected. Often these tubes are in hidden locations, such as in crawl spaces or behind outdoor stairs, and can go unnoticed for years.
When termites chew their way into your home and begin eating away at your walls and support structures, they do so silently and steadily. Termites never sleep. Ever. They will eat away at the wood of a home, every minute, day and night, week after week, indefinitely, until someone takes action to stop them. But by the time termite signs are apparent, it might be too late, and termite repairs can be costly. Statistics say that American home and business owners pay out somewhere around $5,000,000,000 a year because of termites!
Here are some of the ways termites damage a structure:
Termites carve mazes inside walls. If you have a termite infestation, you may be fortunate enough to catch it early if you are doing some renovations. Termite-eaten wood is pretty obvious. Tearing out a wall with termite damage will reveal areas where the wood should be solid and sound but, instead, is porous and has troughs and channels all through it.
Termites can weaken support beams and the studs inside load-bearing walls. This will lead to structural issues and warping of the home, which can prove to be extremely difficult to correct if the damage is severe.
Termites can cause doors and windows to stick. If structural damage is allowed to go on long enough, this will make parts or all of the home begin to shift, which can cause various problems. Doors may begin to stick either open or closed. Windows may do the same thing, and either not stay up when you want it to stay open, or not close once you get it open. Or not open at all. Structural "sagging" can also affect inside features such as kitchen drawers or cabinets.
Termites can make walls bulge, floors slope, and ceilings sag. And, if an infestation is severe and goes on long enough, entire structures can warp and bend, causing slopey floors, sagging ceilings, and bulging walls.
Spend Some Now Or More Later
Termites are extremely sneaky pests; so sneaky that they were able to eat away at the White House for at least a few years before winged swarmers were found inside the West Wing a short distance from the Oval Office. If these home-wrecking insects can sneak past the watchful eyes of the White House staff, they can sneak past anyone!
When termites are allowed to eat away at the wood of a home for years, the damage costs are substantial. But this is an expense that never has to occur at all, since there are proactive solutions that prevent termite damage from happening in the first place. At All Pest Control and Solutions, we offer a FREE home evaluation and a 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee with successful pest management techniques delivered by highly trained, pre-screened professionals.
Don't let termites eat away at your house and home for years, undetected, and end up spending out thousands of dollars in repairs. Instead, reach out to All Pest and spend only a fraction of that cost to proactively prevent termite damage.
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