Three Early Warning Signs Of A Structural Termite Infestation In Your Home

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Three Early Warning Signs Of A Structural Termite Infestation In Your Home

10 January 2022
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Termites can cause irreversible damage to wooden structures within a short time. They bore into wood and eat it from the inside out, which compromises the structural integrity of wood framing, flooring, roof decks, doors, windows, and even wooden furniture. Unfortunately, termite damage usually goes unnoticed until it causes severe structural issues. However, if you are keen, you can locate the damage early and control it before it leads to costly repairs. Below are three early warning signs of a structural termite infestation in a home.

Maze-Like Tubes on Walls and Floors 

Termites may be sneaky insects, but they still need nests for protection. When termites inhabit a home, they build maze-like tubes using mud, droppings, and termite spit. The tubes protect the termites and also provide them with access to moisture. If you see these maze-like tubes along your walls, floors, basement, or along your home's perimeter, you likely have a termite infestation in your home. Mud tubes provide the earliest sign that you should be wary of termite damage to your structure.

Water Damage in Unexpected Places

Have you noticed what looks like water damage on your ceiling or walls? Termite damage may sometimes be confused with water damage due to the appearance of peeling paint and discolored walls and ceilings. Luckily, you can rule out water damage and catch the pesky creatures before they weaken the structure further. Look for water damage in unexpected places.

For example, if you notice peeling paint in areas where no plumbing pipes are running through the wall, you should suspect a termite infestation. If the damage occurs on properly insulated and waterproofed surfaces, you may have termites in your home. You can rule out water damage by having a professional inspect your plumbing and insulation.

Hollow-Sounding Wood

Termites bore through wooden structures and feed on the cellulose, leaving a hole in the wood. If you suspect a termite infestation, go through your home and feel the wood. You can check the interior walls, wooden flooring, doors, and windows. Tap the wood with your hand or a screwdriver. 

Does the wood produce a dull, hollow sound? Do your wooden floors creak loudly when you walk on them? If so, you might have a termite infestation. It's only a matter of time before the wood buckles and cracks under the weight of the structure. Luckily, if you control the infestation in time, you can protect structural elements from failure.

If you suspect a termite infestation, look out for these early warning signs. Contact a contractor immediately for a thorough inspection and termite control services.