Did you know that termites cause approximately $5 billion in damage every year? When so much is at stake for your home or building, don’t procrastinate on an inspection. Termites can damage structures such as supports, windows, door frames, insulation, baseboards, and more. They can even tear through your collection of books!
So, how do you know if you have an infestation of uninvited guests? These are some telltale signs and solutions.
If you can’t hear the termites, that doesn’t mean they’re not there. Termites leave hollow structures in their path because they eat wood from the inside out. If a structure sounds hollow or papery when you knock or tap on it, you likely have a termite problem.
If you see one termite, you have termites: there’s never just one. Evidence of swarmers (which can look a lot like flying ants) can be a sure sign of an infestation. Look for flaws in your structure, as well: visible wood damage, bubbling paint, piles of coarse grains, mud tubes, sagging flooring, sticking windows and doors, and unexplained cracks in your walls are all signs you should thoroughly investigate.
When you notice the signs of a termite infestation, book an inspection right away. Termites hide deep inside your walls, so leave it to the professionals to deal with them.
The best solution, however, is prevention! Regular inspections can detect early signs of infestation before it becomes a problem. To keep termites from swarming into your home, fill in any cracks in your foundation, concrete, and roof. Make sure there’s no wood near the foundation of your house, including wood piles and chippings, and that none of the wood on your home directly contacts the soil. Termites don’t need much encouragement to enter your home, so don’t give them any invitations!
Sherlock Home Inspectors, Inc. is a Certified Termite Inspector (Iowa License #16369) and is the only inspector in Sioux City, IA that offers termite inspections during home inspections. Contact us online or by calling 712-274-9617 to book an inspection.