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Can Termite Damage Be Fixed?

Dealing with termite damage can be stressful, especially if your home experienced a severe infestation that caused structural problems in your home. Thankfully, with professional guidance, it’s possible to fix termite damage. 

termite mud tubes along a house frame

Can I Fix Termite Damage On My Own?

Termite damage can vary significantly in terms of severity. Smaller infestations may only cause cosmetic issues that you can likely repair on your own. However, larger ones could ruin the structural integrity of your home and lead to safety issues that should be addressed by a licensed contractor. 

The main difficulty in repairing termite damage is determining exactly how much destruction the colony caused. Termites tunnel deep inside of the walls, so it can be hard to see exactly what they’ve destroyed. If there’s any chance that the termites caused damage that you can’t see, we strongly recommend working with a professional contractor or licensed termite exterminator. They can determine exactly how much the termites destroyed and ensure you aren’t dealing with any structural or safety issues.

How to Fix Minor Termite Damage

If the termites only caused minor damage throughout your home, you can likely fix it on your own with the help of wood repair products and online tutorials. Some of the most common ways to repair termite-damaged wood includes using products like:

  • Fillers: As the name suggests, these products fill gaps in cracked or chewed wood. So, if the termites caused surface-level damage, you can apply a filler to make the wood look like new. 
  • Sealants: While this product doesn’t fill gaps terribly well, it can provide a nice sheen on the top of the wood and help prevent termites from accessing the lumber in the future.
  • Hardeners: Wood hardeners are considered a last-choice product amongst many woodworkers, but they still have some value for their ability to bind pieces of weakened timber together.

Can Termites Completely Destroy a House?

Most termite damage is repairable, even if it’s severe and costly to fix. However, in some extreme cases, it is possible for a colony to completely destroy a house. This typically happens if a fully mature colony has been chewing away at a house for five or more years. The majority of homeowners will notice an infestation well before the termites can cause anywhere near this much damage. 

The sooner you catch a termite infestation, the less damage you’ll have to repair. That’s why it’s important to partner with a licensed pest professional who can provide ongoing monitoring and termite prevention. To ensure your space is always safe from termites, give Arrow Exterminating a call today!

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