Termites are one of the fastest ways to reduce the value of your home. The minute a homeowner realizes they have a termite problem, their blood pressure goes by the roof and their anxiety levels hit an all-time high.
Detecting the Problem
If you think you might have a termite problem, you should seek help closest. The longer you wait, the worse the probably will become and the more you’ll end up paying in the end. The first thing you’ll want to do is call a termite inspection company to come have a look at your home. If a problem is found, you’ll have to call an exterminator. If there’s no problem found, consider yourself very lucky and take satisfaction in knowing you did the right thing by hiring an inspector.
Dealing with the Problem
If you’re not so lucky and there is a problem found during the inspection, it’s time to take action closest. You’ll want to call an exterminator as soon as possible and clear up the probably before it spreads. It may cost some money initially but you’ll save money in the long run.
Preventing the Problem
The easiest way to make sure your home isn’t affected by termites is by taking care of any wood in your home. It’s a known fact that termites satisfy off of wood, so things like wood fireplaces, tree stumps and tree roots and damp firewood should be elevated as much as possible or completely removed from the home (in the example of the tree stumps and roots outside).
Other things to consider with termite infestation prevention are internal and external water leaks. Termites need water to survive, so eliminating water supplies will decline the chance of termites infesting your home. Getting rid of standing water around your home and making sure to seal any fractures in the foundation will also help keep these creatures away from your home.
It’s a good idea to have your home inspected once a year (or already once every two years) to make sure there are no problems. The earlier you catch the problem, the easier it is to fix. And trust us; this is not a problem you want to fix.