Termites may be small, but they can cause massive damage to your home. Learning some basic facts on termites and termite damage will help you spot a termite issue before these pests take over your house.
What You Need to Know About Termites
Termites are small insects that can be found all over the world. While there are many different species of termites, all types of termites live in colonies much like bees, wasps, and ants. But unlike these other insects, termites are detritivores, which means they get their nutrients by eating decomposing matter. This is why termites are so dangerous for homeowners. Once a termite colony begins to feed on decomposing wood, they can cause serious structural damage.
Signs of Termite Damage
How do you know if your home has termite damage? One of the first signs of a termite infestation is a termite trail. Termites will leave behind droppings, eggs, and a powdery substance that is a byproduct of digesting wood. Of course, sometimes termites can be more obvious. If you notice damaged wood, hollowed wood, or blisters on your wood flooring, you might have a termite problem. Check your home periodically for signs of damage to catch the problem before it escalates.
Termite infestations can be severe. However, we do have good news. In most cases, termites can be eradicated and home damage can be restored. Most termite restoration projects involve replacing wooden structures completely or building additional wood supports near the damaged site to strengthen the damaged area. The specific repairs you will need for your termite damage will depend on the severity of your problem and also the location of the damaged wood.
DIY or Professional Termite Repair?
Because termites are a relatively common problem, there are many DIY guides available for people who want to repair termite damage themselves. It can be tempting to try and solve this problem yourself, especially if you have woodworking experience. However, it’s important to remember that termite restoration is more complicated than simply building wooden supports. Because these pests work as a large team, the damage is often more widespread than homeowners realize. Working with a professional is the only way to ensure that all damaged surfaces are repaired.
The Importance of a Thorough Investigation
Before your termite restoration, make sure a professional evaluates your home and eradicates all termite colonies. If you still have termites in your home, they will quickly damage your repair project, costing you time and money down the line. A professional investigation will ensure that your termite repairs are a one-time project.
Repairs from Tell Projects
Whether you are dealing with termites or another issue with your home, Tell Projects is here to help. We know that dealing with a home repair can be stressful. That’s why we offer personalized home remodeling designed to meet each homeowner’s specific goals. Don’t try to face your construction issue on your own. Call Tell Projects and have the best contractors and designers in Houston on your side.