Did you know that home insurance does not include repairs for termite damage? More often than not, homeowners do not discover a termite infestation until it has already caused extensive damage to their property, which will require costly, out-of-pocket repairs.
If you do not know how to spot obvious signs of a termite infestation, your porch or stairs could easily fall out from under you, or your ceiling could suddenly crash on top of you. Such accidents can lead to serious injuries to your family, in addition to the structural damage to your dwelling.
For these reasons, regular termite inspections should be made an indispensable part of your property maintenance; these will not only save you a lot of money down the road, but also free you from worries.
Signs that you need a termite inspection:
- When you find mud tubes inside/outside your dwelling; termites usually build these in between their nest and source of food, which can be any source of wood.
- When your ceiling and/or floors show signs of sagging.
- When you observe some of home’s woodwork starting to crumble.
- When you find termite droppings – which look like coffee grounds or wood pellets – and/or discarded termite wings.
It’s also important to remember that a termite inspection should be required by prospective home buyers; it should be part of the overall home inspection provided by the seller of the property.
What is involved in a termite inspection?
Only a qualified expert will know the exact places to look for termites and signs of existing infestation, as well as particular conditions that would make your dwelling susceptible to future infestation. You should expect the following from a nationally certified termite inspector:
- A thorough inspection of your property’s interior and exterior. The areas that will be examined include: exterior and interior plumbing; ventilation; outbuildings, boundary fences, and trees that are part of your property; flooring; drainages; all exposed wooden structures; roof and ceiling; attic; crawlspaces; and basement.
- A comprehensive and written report that describes the existing infestation, if any, and the recommended treatment plan; or your property’s vulnerable areas and the recommended preventive measures.
A complete termite inspection takes about 30 to 45 minutes, depending on how big your property is and how easy or difficult it is to access certain areas. Because you are making an investment in your home’s structural integrity and your family’s safety, only hire a professional who is certified and has extensive experience in the business.
How often do you need to hire a termite inspector?
To keep your home free from termites all year-round and in any climate or weather, you should have a termite inspection at least once a year.
Even with regular inspections and treatments, termites can still sneak into your home and cause significant damage. And even when you know the obvious signs of termite infestation to watch out for, you may not be able to detect concealed ones, especially in areas that are hard to reach. There are also certain conditions that make certain parts of a house more susceptible to termites than others, and you can easily miss these conditions if you do not know to look for them.
The safest bet is to invest in yearly termite inspections. You will save yourself from the aggravation and substantial expense of repairing termite damage. More importantly, you will also be preventing potential accidents, such as might occur when your ceiling suddenly caves in or your porch or wooden stairs collapse.
A termite inspection and the preventive measures you need to take are not only essential to the proper maintenance of your dwelling, but also to the safety of your family.