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Thursday 17 October 2019
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Termite Infestation can Compromise the Structural Integrity of your Residential Property   

Termite Infestation can Compromise the Structural Integrity of your Residential Property   

You cannot tolerate the presence of termite infestations in your residential property. Termites can cause a lot of damage to building structures and other assets in the house, which may cost you a lot of money to repair. Unlike carpenter ants, termites feed on wood and other structures made of wooden materials.

During the winter, when the temperature is low, termites can easily find their way into the house and feed on your building structure compromising its stability. According to the National Pest Management Association, termites cause up to $5 billion in damages to the residential properties every year in the United States.

This article focuses on property damage that termites cause on your residential property. It aims at shedding more light on the reasons why you should hire a professional pest controller like Rove Pest Control to help you remove termites on your residential property.

Property damage caused by termites

1. Destabilizes building foundation

Termites feed on any wooden material found in your building basement. When they infest the foundation of the building, they compromise the stability of the entire building structure by gnawing away all the essential building material. Also, if your attic is made of wooden roofing material, termites can do a lot of damage here. Always ensure you check your attic and building exterior for any possible termite infestation to avoid the damages that they cause to your building.

2. Sagging floor

Termites can feed on the wooden material at the basement of your house. If the building foundation is made of wood, the termites will destroy it and cause sagging of the floor. Laminate materials lose their stability and ability to carry the whole building weight when termites feed on them. Your floor loses its resistance to pressure and becomes spongy.

3. Staining of drywall

When termites start building nests inside your wall, the drywall will appear to be moist even if the piping is done correctly. Check if your walls appear to be hollow. A hollow wall is a red flag that insects are feeding on the wooden materials inside the wall. Ensure you inspect your building walls regularly for any termite infestation and take the necessary measures to control the pests.

Conclusion

Termite infestation can be challenging to deal with if you lack experience. Notably, controlling the infestation of termites begins on the initial stages of building construction. Termites do not feed on wooden structure only but also plaster, insulators, and metal siding. When they feed on your electric insulators, they can cause fire hazards in the residential property.

Practicing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in your residential property can help you reduce the chances of termites infesting your building. Always ensure you contact an IPM professional or exterminator to help you remove termite infestation from your building before it is too late. Termite infestation can cause a lot of damage on your residential property that may cost you a lot to repair.