Thursday, 23 January 2020

The Dangers of DIY Termite Damage Repair

It is estimated that termites cause about $6 billion worth of property damage every year in America alone. Because the damage is generally restricted to wood and cellulose-based materials, many homeowners think that repairing the damage is something that they can do themselves or have done by a local handyman with basic carpentry skills.

DIY Options

Searching online will throw up a number of DIY repair options. Among the most common of these are:
  • Wood Hardeners: If the damage is spotted early and is minimal, wood hardeners can be used to fill in the damaged areas while also strengthening the wood itself. It is essential that the hardener used matches the type of wood that has been damaged or the repair will not work. If the termites are not eradicated before the repairs are done, they will simply attack another wood area.
  • Wood Fillers: If the damage to the wood is extensive, then hardeners alone will not be enough. Wood fillers will have to be used to fill in the gaps and cover the damaged areas. The proper application of the filler is critical to the success of the repair effort.
  • Strengthening: Serious damage may require that in addition to other repair actions, additional support be provided to the damaged area to prevent it from breaking or collapsing. It is important that the support, usually in the form of beams, be placed exactly in the right place so as to provide maximum assistance, failing which the damage could spread even with the additional support in place.
  • Replacement: If the wood is very badly damaged, hardening and/or filling will not be enough. The wood may be weak enough to collapse any time, causing even more damage or possibly resulting in injury to the occupants of the house.
The Problems

While the repair options listed above may seem fairly easy to implement, in each case there is a need for expert knowledge without which the repairs will be ineffective. Absence of expert knowledge may lead to dangerous situations because the homeowner is under the impression that the house is safe while in reality the damage continues to spread unnoticed. The fact that the repairs have been ineffective and the damage has spread and requires major repairs to be undertaken only comes to light later. In the very worst case, the structural integrity of the house may be affected.

The Safe Repair Option

A home is not something that can be placed at risk by taking shortcuts or trying DIY termite damage repair. The only way to protect the house and those who live in it is to have the repairs done by a termite control company that includes damage repair in its services. A professional termite control service will not only perform expert repairs, it will also be able to do the required treatment to prevent future infestation. The very best termite control companies even provide a warranty on their services to give the homeowner the peace of mind that comes from knowing that he has taken the right steps towards protecting his home and his family.

Thursday, 9 January 2020

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Monday, 23 December 2019

How Termites Affect Your Home’s Value

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, termite damage occurs in approximately 600,000 homes across America each year. The damage caused by the termites reduces the resale value of the infected house; this loss together with the cost of damage repair runs into billions of dollars. This is of course only the financial loss due to termites. The other factor is the emotional security and happiness our house gives us and the need we feel to keep it safe and well maintained.  

How the Value Drops

  • The damage caused by termites can be bad enough to weaken the structure of the house. This could make the home unsafe to live in. No one will buy a home in this condition unless it is to demolish it and build a new one. Even in that case the selling price will be very low.
  • Termite damage is not always in the interior. Anything wooden on the external fa├žade of the building can be eaten away as well. This can ruin the look of the house and reduce the aesthetic appeal which is always a prime factor when it comes to selling.
  • The longer the termites are allowed to remain in a home, the more the damage they will cause. If they have been in the structure for a long duration, the damage they cause and the cost of repairing the damage can be huge. This will be a huge disadvantage to the prospective buyers of the house and they may possibly look elsewhere.
  • Termites can damage furniture, furnishings and even papers. The loss of any of these could mean high replacement costs and if valuable papers are damaged, they could be irreplaceable.
  • When selling a home, the seller is required by law to disclose any information related to termite infestation or damage to potential buyers.  This disclosure agreement usually does not include a time period and even an old infestation that has long since been removed will give the buyer a strong negotiation point to bring down the selling price.
  • At the time of inspection, even a very small infestation if found can be enough to drive away the potential buyer or give him reason to demand a lower price.

Prevention Is the Best Course of Action

Regular termite control done by an expert termite control company is the only way to keep your home safe from termites. This is true whether or not you plan to sell it. If you plan to stay on, the house needs to remain strong and secure – it is your biggest asset and you cannot afford to have its value drop. If you are planning to sell, in the near or distant future, the cost of termite removal and damage repair at the time the house goes on the market will usually be much higher than the cost of regular termite inspection and treatment. Keeping your home safe from termites is easy – all it takes is a call to a professional termite control company that offers a warranty on its service.

Monday, 16 December 2019

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