Realtors in Montgomery, Alabama have a saying: “There are only two types of homes: those that have termites and those that don’t have them…yet.” With a mantra like that circulating among those who know our homes the best, it’s important to know what to do when termites invade and damage the structure of your home.
What To Do Before You Hire a Contractor
Believe it or not, termites are great for the environment. Not only do they break down detritus but they also add nutrients to the soil. The problem comes when they want to break down your home. In most cases, you won’t see the damage termites are causing until it’s too late. So make sure to contact a specialist to remediate the termite situation before having your licensed contractor repair any damage. If you repair damage while the termites are present, you’re only bringing more meat to their dinner table.
If you have any of the following signs, it’s time to call a specialist:
- Floors and ceilings that look as if they have water damage
- Sagging floors, walls, or ceilings
- Buckling or hollow sounding wood
- A scent similar to mold or mildew
- Cracked or bubbling paint on wood surfaces
Termites can feed on:
- Ceiling rafters and roof beams
- Wood furniture
- Eaves and wood siding
- Subfloors and wood flooring
- Studs and window frames
- Carpets and and more
With so much to feast on, termites love to call your home their own. When you discover you have damage and have made sure the termites are gone, it’s time to give a professional contractor a call to bring your home back to its former glory.
Trust A Licensed Contractor To Restore Your Home
Foundations & Flooring
Few things are scarier than the thought of your floors falling out from under you, but that’s what extensive termite damage can do. A licensed contractor can level sagging floors out by adding additional supports to your foundation, and shore up areas with termite damage by replacing or reinforcing wood that shows weakness or damage.
In conjunction with needed foundation support, your licensed contractor may need to replace damaged subflooring. If you’ve noticed that your floors sound hollow when you walk on them—and it’s because termites were feasting on the wood beneath your feet—then securing the foundation and ensuring your subfloors are sound will give your floor that solid feeling that adds a sense of security.
For flooring, many wood floors—and even carpeting—are a favorite of termites, especially delicious oak. Depending on the level of damage you have in your floors, you may be able to fill the cracks and lines associated with termite damage. Or, in more severe cases, replacement slats may need to be installed. In either case, it’s a good idea to sand and stain your floors to achieve a uniform look.
Windows & Walls
A common symptom of termites eating wood window frames is bubbling and cracking in paint. Oftentimes, your contractor may be able to determine the level of damage by pushing on the window frame. A frame that gives is a frame that may need to go. In other cases, the paint may need to be removed for closer inspection. Every instance is different and depends on your window type and the extent of the damage. Make sure to have a conversation about your options with your licensed contractor.
While some termites eat drywall, most love the studs and beams in your walls and ceiling. This is especially problematic considering it’s your studs and beams that hold up your house. If you have termite damage in or around windows, it’s important to also have nearby walls inspected for damage. In many cases, the damage extends beyond the windows as a true infestation can occur in many rooms, walls, and beams at once.
Roofing & Water Damage
While termites can invade your attic and the beams in your roof, the most important thing a licensed contractor can do for you here is check your roof for leaks and make repairs where necessary. The bottom line is that termites need moisture to thrive and no one can find a wet spot on your walls like a termite can. One continuous drip in your walls or from your roof—even a slow one—is enough for termites to set up shop and eat all of the surrounding wood. Moisture is the termites’ secret weapon. Don’t give them the ammunition they need to eat you out of house and home.
The Bottom Line
When they invade our homes, termites are a nuisance that eat away what’s most precious to us. But if you have termite damage, all is not lost. A licensed contractor can bring your home back to the state you once loved. If you have any questions or concerns about repairing termite damage reach out to Mike at Allied Construction Services in Montgomery, Alabama by calling 334-281-3001. You can also email Mike here.