Termite Structural Damage
When it comes to termite damage, structural damage is the hardest to repair. It's also the most expensive. Sagging floor joists and beams usually indicate structural damage. The cost of replacing these structural supports comes from the fact that they are holding up other systems throughout the house, like walls and ceilings.
Termites can cause extensive structural damage if they are allowed to go unchecked. They can weaken main floor joists and ceiling beams, making your home unsafe. And many times, the electrical and plumbing components travel through the main beams, as well.
The best way to avoid termite damage repairs is to have a termite inspection every year. These inspections, done by a professional pest control company, can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in home repairs. Professional inspectors can assess damage already caused, and employ detection methods that are state-of-the-art to determine if there are any new infestations.
Most homeowners insurance policies don't cover termite damage. Therefore, it would be your responsibility, if structural damage does occur, to have it repaired.
New construction can be at less risk to termites if there have been pre-treatment methods put in place. Pre-treated wood and beams, as well as barrier methods around the foundation, can be done prior to finishing your home to reduce the chances of termites. No method is guaranteed, but pre-treatment has been shown to diminish your risk for infestation.
Termites are responsible for over a billion dollars of damage in homes throughout the U.S. every year. Your home is often your largest asset. Keep it safe by having it inspected every year, and maintained by a pest control professional. The investment in a reliable pest control service company is well worth avoiding future termite damage and the costs that could bring.