Termites can cause tremendous damage to one of your most prized possessions—house. These pests will mercilessly devour just about anything that contains cellulose. Favorite targets are posts or beams. And once done, they can shift to any other nearby wooden material. More often than not, by the time you detect the damage, it is already enormous.
Here are some useful guidelines to help you fix termite damage:
- Of course, the first step is to stop the termite infestation. You don’t want to replace wood before getting rid of termites—as you’re just simply giving them new wood to munch on. So, seek support of a termite specialist to inspect your home for termites and eliminate them.
- Once termites are gone, time to do some repairs. Unfortunately, structural wood components in your house are the most complicated to fix. Also, other wooden and non-wooden materials are usually attached to the damaged wood, making it even more difficult to remove and replace.
- But if the damage is in non-structural wood, replacing it may not even be necessary. You may be able to just install new wood next to the damaged wood. In most areas, this is often an acceptable repair technique that complies with the building code. Your building consultant or contractor should be able to give you the specific requirements for you area.
- For minor damage, you may be able to use wood filler to fix the area. Simply remove the damaged part using a chisel or screwdriver, and insert screws into it to hold the space that you removed. Fill the space with wood filler, and let it dry completely. Sand the area following the original shape of the wood. Make sure that you seal off the gap using a sealer or wood hardener that can penetrate into the wood and not remaining only on the surface. Paint the area to match the color of the surrounding wood.
- If the area is too big for wood filler, use a saw or chisel to cut off the damaged wood. Cut a new piece of wood that perfectly fits into the space of the damaged wood. Then, nail or screw the new wood into place. Use extra pieces of wood to support it if needed.
Now, if you’re no handyman, it is highly recommended to consult with termite damage repair professionals to help you lay out a plan for repair. And don’t think too much about the termite damage repair cost, as it will cost you more money if the damage is completely disregarded, postponed, or unprofessionally done.