Termite damage repair can be costly. Termites can cause significant damage to the structure of a home. These insects work slowly, and generally damage occurs over 3-8 years of an infestation. Termites eat anything made of cellulose, including wood. When termites eat wooden beams that support a house, the integrity of the house is jeopardized. Before making repairs, be sure the termite infestation has been eradicated. Termite infestations and damage must be reported when selling a home. When selling a home that was previously infested with termites, it is important to obtain a report from a pest control company stating the infestation has been eradicated, and a report from a licensed general contractor stating that the termite damage repair has been performed in a thorough manner.
The extent of termite damage is difficult to assess. Termites may inhabit non-visible areas of a home and do significant damage. Once you are sure the infestation has been eradicated, have a general contractor inspect the home for damage. A general contractor will tell you which repairs are necessary for the structure of the home, and which are merely aesthetic. This inspection may also find damage in areas behind walls and other inaccessible areas.
Aesthetic or non-structural damage can be repaired on your own. Several types of termite damage repair include replacing sections of drywall. Strip the paint off of damaged areas. Then cut away the dry wall with a utility knife. Cutting square sections out makes the next step easier. Once the damaged drywall is removed, fill it in with a new section of drywall. This material is easy enough to cut into the appropriate shapes needed. Texture and paint may then be added to the new drywall. Baseboards may also need to be removed during this process.
A damaged beam in a wall doesn’t always need to be removed. Often a new beam can be secured beside it for support. In some cases, such as floor joists with plumbing and wires passing through them, demolition and remodeling is necessary. Structural beams are much more difficult to replace and pose a safety hazard. Always assume a beam is supporting a load. When damage has been done to a structural beam, it is best to hire a contractor to carry out termite damage repair.