Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Why DIY Termite Damage Repair is not a Good Idea

When termites are spotted in a home, kneejerk reactions are rather common. The first reaction is often to reach for termite control chemicals and sprays. This can be dangerous for two reasons. First, the chemicals could be hazardous to the health of the occupants of the home, if not used correctly.

Secondly, DIY attempts at termite control are rarely completely effective. The pests may not all be killed and the resilient survivors may move deeper underground or into the wood. They may continue to do damage that remains unseen until it reaches major proportions. 

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After the attempts to remove the termites, comes thus the desire to repair the damage caused. Again, DIY attempts, even by a competent repair person, may do more harm than good.

The risks may remain

The problem with DIY termite damage repair is basically the same as that with DIY termite removal: there is no guarantee that all the termites have been removed successfully. Those that remain will, in time, undo the repairs completed.

Moreover, ineffective, faulty or incomplete repairs could render the wood weak or brittle and unsafe for continued use. This can be especially dangerous if the damage is to the main wooden structure of the house. No homeowner wants to put his home and family at risk.

DIY is never easy

Many homeowners enjoy working on their homes. That is fine so long as the work is related to installing smart devices or painting a wall, etc. Most smart devices are easy to install and painting does not require any extraordinary expertise.

However, termite damage repair is another matter. The reality is that wood cannot be repaired. Damage repair usually consists of removing the damaged wood entirely and replacing it with new wood. This raises a number of questions:
  • How is the wood to be removed? Can it be sawn off safely? Will removing the wood cause more damage?
  • How much wood should be removed? Should it be limited to where the damage is obvious or should much more be replaced as a precaution? If so, how much replacement is needed?
  • How is the new wood to be put in place? How is it fixed to the existing wood? If there are multiple ways of doing it, which one is right for a specific situation?
  • What can you do to ensure that the repair not only looks good but also remains strong and durable enough to last for a long time?
  • What precautions need to be taken to prevent more damage occurring in the future?

The right way to repair

More damage is bound to occur, if termite damage repair work is done without knowing the significance of the answers to these questions. Over estimate of the ability to do the job the right way could lead to heavier bills and continuing hassles in the future.

Why should you take risks with your home when a reputed professional termite removal company is available to ensure complete removal of the pests? They even offer a warranty on the services provided so that you remain protected for a considerable period.

The best companies offer as well expert termite damage repair so that you can continue to live with your family in a safe and damage-free home.