Types of Termite Damage

How to spot termite damageWhen termites invade your home, they can create damage fast and silently. Several types of damage can take place in your home.

Here are the different types of damage that termites can create and signs to look out for:

Wood damage

The most common sign of termite infestation is wood damage. Termites tend to work from the inside out to eat and destroy the wood. Before you see the damage, you may be able to identify termites by looking for areas of hollowed out wood. Wood infested by termites will sound hollow when tapped or knocked on.

Sagging or creaking floors

If you notice that your floors are sagging there is a chance that termites have started eating away at the floor’s support beams and internal layers. If your floors are creaking or making a lot of noise, it may also be a sign that the floors have some termite damage beneath the surface of the floor.

Sticking windows and doors

Doors and windows are often great access points for termites so it makes sense that they would wreak havoc in these areas. If you notice that your windows or doors are hard to close or open, then it might be a sign of termite damage. By eating away at the foundation of the wood, termites can cause windows and doors to misshape and shift over time making them harder to shut and open.

Cracks in walls, ceilings or beams

Similar to sticking windows and doors when termites disrupt the stability of structure it can cause the structure to shift and separate creating cracks.

Other than the damage to the wood many signs of termite damage has a lot in common with foundation damage that might be a result of leveling issues. Because of the similarities in these problems, it is important to have a professional come and inspect your home for termites before moving forward with any treatments. If you notice any of these signs contact Dustin Pest Control today to schedule your termite inspection.
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