Often a termite infestation is discovered purely by accident when a homeowner stumbles upon it, while on other occasions it takes a thorough inspection from a professional pest control specialist. However it comes to light, a termite infestation is a problem that must be addressed promptly, before these unwanted visitors can wreak major damage on the premises. Sometimes, though, it turns out that a lot of destruction has already been done to the building. What then?
When It Is Time to Call in the Professionals
Some people elect to repair the damage as best they can without outside aid—but this may not be a good strategy. An experienced termite control professional probably knows more about effective repair procedures than you do and is more likely to be able to provide a dependable long-term solution.
The first order of business is to ensure that there are no active termites in the area—this is another task that should best be left to the pros. Termite infestations—and the destruction they cause—can be difficult to detect. In many cases, there is hidden damage that only a trained eye will be able to spot. Your technicians will be able to make a full appraisal of all the harm done to the premises, from the minor to the severe.
Termite Wood Damage Repair – From the Superficial to the Severe
Some termite damage is merely superficial (e.g., a chewed-up cabinet door), and repairs are optional. However, damage to load-bearing structures, such as rafters and beams, is much more serious. Even if these structures look fine, termites may have eaten their way through the insides, leaving the material incapable of safely supporting all the weight it must bear. If this happens, your technician may advise replacing the material. Alternatively, sometimes it is possible to attach a new beam to a damaged one to ensure that it can provide adequate support. Damaged wood in other parts of the home frequently can be strengthened with the use of sealants. Our team will be able to help you decide whether a given component can be rescued, or must be replaced.