Homeowners have to deal with all sorts of issues, from leaky pipes to worn out roofs to the garbage disposal malfunctioning. There is also another problem homeowners must deal with, and sometimes they are not aware of it until it is too late. That is a termite infestation.
According to the National Pest Management Association, termites are responsible for an estimated $5 billion dollars of property damage every year. On an individual level, when a homeowner discovers the damage caused by a termite infestation, it will likely cost him or her an average of $3,000 to have that damage repaired.
How can you avoid a big hit to your wallet to have any damage done by termites repaired? You should become familiar with the signs of termite infestation in your home. You may not see termites like you do other common household pests such as ants, cockroaches or spiders, especially since most termite nests are built inside the walls of homes. Still, there are signs you can find that will tip you off that your home has been invaded by termites.
Look at your floors. That is where you will likely see the most signs of termite damage. If your floors buckle or sag, if you find loose tiles, if hardwood floor slats pop up and if you have laminate floors that bubble or sag, your home could be infested with termites. Other things to look for, discolored or sagging sheetrock on your ceiling or walls. If damaged wood crumbles easily or if you tap on a wooden wall and it sounds hollow, you likely have a termite infestation. Also, look for tiny holes in drywall. If you have doors and windows that jam, it may not be due to the weather. It could be because of termite activity. Cracks on wooden surfaces and discarded wings are also other signs you have termites in your home.
It usually takes five years for a termite colony to grow to the point where it can start to do damage to a home. Then the damage can go on for years before the homeowner realizes they have a termite infestation. Do not ignore any signs of a potential termite activity. Be pre-emptive. Get in touch with a reputable extermination company, especially one that specializes in termite inspection and removal. The earlier you find a termite colony in your home, the less it will cost you to have it removed and the damage repaired.