Sunday Morning Tip for Feb 28: How To Repair Insect Damage to Your Home

<span>Sunday Morning Tip for Feb 28:</span> How To Repair Insect Damage to Your Home
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    Insects are generally small and not considered to be much of a nuisance.

    However, as anyone who has had a problem with termites will tell you, that' not always the case.

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Termites create colonies, usually under your home. They eat the wood in your home and can eat through six inches of 2 x 4 in just five months.

The problem is that you may not notice the issue until the termites have been living with you for several years. Multiple colonies can exist, increasing the amount of damage that can be caused. You need to speak to a local expert to find out more about these pests and the warning signs.

In fact, it’s a good idea to have your home inspected annually by a reputable pest control specialist. This will help to ensure you don’t have an issue or you spot it early.

Of course, finding the issue is only part of the problem. Your local pest control firm will be able to eliminate the insects for you and they guarantee they are gone for a specific period.

That’s the good news! The bad news is that you’re going to need to fix the damage to your home.

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Assessment

The first stage is to assess the damage. This means getting under your home to check all the footings and look for any signs of wood damage. You can also look around the interior of your home, especially skirting boards and wooden floors.

You’ll be looking for small boreholes in the wood. If the problem is extensive the wood will also be soft, it will be easy to slide a screwdriver into it.

Epoxy Treatments

If the damage is fairly minimal then a good wood-filler or epoxy mix can be used to fill the damaged wood. You’ll need to chisel out all the damaged wood and then fill it with the epoxy filler. This will return the strength of the wood. You may also want to treat it all to dissuade insects from coming back.

Replacing Beams

If the damage is more extensive then you will probably need to replace sections of your wood. In some sections, you’ll be able to brace the bad section with a new piece of wood. This is bolted to each side of the affected wood, allowing you to remove the damaged section and add a second support piece to maintain the strength.

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However, in many cases, it will be necessary to remove the entire beam and replace it. This can be much more difficult as the beam may run under the existing flooring or even in the walls. You may want to get professional advice regarding the easiest way to replace the beam.

It will be more intrusive and may mean lifting floors, walls, or ceilings to gain access to the wood that needs to be replaced. That’s why it’s better to catch it early.

Don’t forget that insects can also damage wooden furniture. If this is the case it will need to be put n direct sunlight for at least a day and treated to kill termites and prevent them from returning.

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