Preventing termite damage is a classic example of an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The best termite defense is a knowledgeable and diligent homeowner.
Here are a few of the most common mistakes homeowners make:
- Unrepaired water leaks either from a leaking pipe or more likely, a leaking gutter. A constant water source is a termite magnet. And even if the termites are treated, if the leak is not repaired, the termites will return.
- Leaf litter or pine needles left on roofs. Low pitch roofs are especially susceptible to this problem because rain water usually does not have enough force to wash the tree debris from the roof. It is imperative that regular cleaning and maintenance is performed on a roof that holds leaf or tree debris. The debris acts as a dam causing the rain water to back up under the shingles, causing leaks and leading to thousands of dollars of damage. Fifteen minutes spent cleaning off your roof can prevent a gigantic and expensive headache.
- Probably the most common mistake made is having above grade ground contact. This simply means that dirt, plants or exterior wood is in contact with the structure of the home above the grade or floor of the slab. On a raised building, this ground contact usually happens through fences, porch steps, bushes or trees. On a slab house, this ground contact usually happens over time and inadvertently. Homeowners plant bushes and put in mulch around their home. As the plants grow over time and the mulch builds up, the dirt and/or the plants come in contact with the home’s siding or stucco. This provides termites with access to the wooden structure. Even if the building is treated, if the plants, dirt or leaf litter is allowed to build up it will eventually cover the treated area and give the termites a pathway over the treated area and into the structure.
Remember that the best defense against termites is a good offense and that offense is prevention.
If you suspect you have termite damage, contact us for a free in-home consultation.