Updated: Mar 22, 2021
On today’s post, Higher Elevation Home Inspections LLC I got the chance to inspect a home and provide a check list to prevent homebuyers from being blindsided by some easy-to-spot home inspection defects. Most of the time homebuyers do not know what to look for or can not see what is hiding behind the walls. One major problem on today’s topic is TERMITE DAMAGE.
There are many household health hazards to look out for when buying or owning a home. Pests can create an unsafe living environment. Termites aren’t just any pest, did you know that they can eat away at your home, destroying its structural integrity and its value. BOY OH BOY you do NOT want that.
What Can Cause Termite Damage?
Moisture!!! Moisture is essential for termites. Subterranean termites do everything they can to avoid dry conditions. Most termites forage wood in wet areas because the moisture insulates and protects them. Leaky pipes, clogged gutters and standing water are termite magnets. Any water buildup around the outside of your house is cause for concern. Maintenance to prevent clogs and leaks and promote proper drainage will keep the termites away.
Cracks Or Openings In Your Home’s Structure
It’s one thing to have termites breaking down the mulch outside, but it’s another thing entirely to have them inside eating your walls. YUCK! Cracks caused by foundation issues or other structural flaws can be the entry point for a full-blown termite infestation. Look out for cracks and outside entry points when inspecting your home or a home you’re looking to buy. This will help you avoid termite issues down the road. Termite damage to structures outside your home is easier to handle than inside your home. Take care to repair any holes in your home to the outside world.
Wood that touches or leans against your home can be the hotspot ticket the termites need to bring a colony, especially if that wood is also in contact with the ground. Fence posts, tree branches, and wood piles are all common starting points for termites.
There are different types of termites but we will not get into that on today’s post. Lets leave this here for now and if you have any questions or concerns always feel free to contact us at the number listed on our website.
This is Rob signing off on today’s hot topic.
Higher Elevation Home Inspections LLC