Buying a home can be pretty exciting, but it can also be overwhelming as you try to make sure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. When buying a home, there are steps that need to be taken to ensure that there aren't any problems you will have to worry about.
Termite infestation is one big problem that often goes unseen because they aren't always visible to the naked eye. For this reason, it is important to have a termite inspection done before you sign on that dotted line.
What are Termites?
Termites are often called the silent destroyers because they can chew through wood, flooring, and more undetected while causing thousands and thousands of dollars in damage to a home. Many times, this kind of damage isn't covered under your homeowner's insurance either.
So, before you sign for that new home, you want to request a termite inspection or a wood-destroying organism (WDO) inspection. The inspection should be completed by a licensed professional. It is important to have the inspection done to avoid very costly repairs down the road.
The Home Inspection
Standard home inspections typically only check the physical structure and integrity of the home from the roof to the foundation. A termite inspection, on the other hand, focuses only on termite damage and other conditions that are conducive to termites. They will check for infestations, cracks, crevices, and moisture − all areas that termites thrive in.
Once the inspection is done, the termite inspector will issue a pest control report on the home and then recommend a course of action if any is needed.
Signs of a Termite Infestation
A few signs of a termite infestation in a home include mud tubes on the outside of the home, soft wood that sounds hollow when tapped inside the home, blistering or darkening of wood structures, small piles of feces that resemble sawdust, and discarded wings near doors and on windowsills.
These are all telltale signs of an active termite infestation in the home. Along with the inspection, you should also be aware of what attracts termites in the first place and learn what other things you should be watching out for.
There are a few things you can do to prevent termites from damaging your new home:
Keep firewood away. Some homeowners keep their firewood stacked up against the home because it provides them with quick and easy access to their wood supply. Doing so, however, can attract termites and give them a good point of entry. Firewood needs to be kept at least 20 feet away from the home.
Gutters. Since they are attracted to moisture, you need to regularly clean out the gutters and prevent any pooling water around the home.
Remove stumps. It is definitely a challenge to remove a tree stump for a yard, but it needs to be done. Rotting wood can attract termites.
Mulch. Any mulch should be kept at least 15 inches away from the home's foundation. It is a good source of food for termites and supplies them with the moisture they love.
If you need more termite prevention tips or need to have a termite inspection done on a property you are about to purchase, then call the experts at Habitat Pest Control today.