An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This adage is true in many aspects of life and certainly when it comes to pest infestations. Making sure that you do everything you can to avoid the serious damage that many bugs will bring to your home or business will save you from the expense of repair bills.
One of the things you need to do if you suspect a termite infestation is to solicit a termite inspection right away. The damage that a full-blown termite infestation can cause to your property is truly unbelievable. To avoid the unpleasantness of having these critters in your home, and to mitigate the damage that may have already been done, it is important to know when a termite inspection is called for.
Let’s explore why and when you need a termite inspection in a little more detail.
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Knowing when you might have a termite infestation will provide you with better insight into whether you need to call the inspector or not. If you do notice small signs of termite infestation or even suspect that you might have a problem because it has been a while since your last inspection, then call a professional inspection service right away.
Some of the things that you might notice are hollow-sounding wooden walls, which are usually difficult to diagnose on your own, cracking paint on your walls, or spouts of mud on the exterior of your home.
It is especially important to consider getting a termite inspection around the early spring and late summer months. Termites are also attracted to homes that have not taken the necessary precautions to avoid an infestation. Using a concrete foundation and leaving a gap between the soil and your wooden home are great ways of making your home less inviting to termites, though this is not feasible for those in a pre-existing home. Making sure to fix exterior cracks in your foundation and avoiding stacking wood (such as firewood) close to your home are practical ways of reducing the risk of termite infestation.
Termites are a serious problem that causes billions of dollars worth of damage each year. Your own personal bill for expenses in the case of a serious termite inspection will range in the thousands of dollars. In some cases, the damage can be much more severe and might make you question whether the home is salvageable or not.
Professional termite inspectors will look in all possible areas of your home that have the potential to show termite damage. They also know how to spot termite nests around your home and look for signs of tunnelling in the wood structure of the building. They will be able to assess what measures need to be taken to remove the problem and notify you of any structural repairs that need to be made.
If you have any concerns about the possibility that termites are damaging your home, then do not hesitate to get a professional termite inspection as soon as possible. It is also vital that you consider a termite inspection if you are planning to purchase a home. When considering something as serious as a home purchase, there is no sense in leaving the possibility of termite damage to chance. The low price of inspection will be a drop in the bucket compared to the expensive repairs that you will need to make to your home if the infestation starts to swarm.