Repairing Termite Damage
Repairing termite damage can be expensive. The main reason for this is that termites will do a lot of damage that is unseen. When the damage is finally discovered, it can be extensive and require a number of repairs.
The first step to termite damage repair is to make sure that all termites have been exterminated. Hire a professional pest control company to ensure that your home is termite-free, and consider putting a maintenance plan in place.
Once the pest control company is sure all termites are gone, take a look at the damage. If it seems minimal and cosmetic, you might try the repairs yourself. However, if the damage is extensive and affects load-bearing walls or beams, you should enlist the services of a contractor. A qualified contractor will make sure the repairs are done up to code and that the proper materials are used.
Termite damage, once repaired, should function like new. Consider replacing your wood with termite resistant products, such as treated wood. Hire a pest-control professional to treat your areas of repair before you install the wallboard or complete finishing touches. This is an extra layer of protection that is well worth the investment.
If you decide to do the repairs yourself without the help of a contractor, use quality materials and make sure that permits for any repairs are filed with the city or county, if necessary. When it comes time to sell your home, you must disclose any termite activity and the repairs. If the repairs were done without the proper inspections or permits, you could face fines or be asked to re-do your work if it was not completed up to building code standards.