How Do You Fix Termite Damage?
A bad infestation with a mature termite colony can damage the wooden frame of your home, causing structural instability that can be very dangerous. If a termite infestation has severely damaged your property like this, you will probably need to call a contractor to fix it.
In cases of minor damage, you might be able to fix it yourself. However, it’s generally best to consult with a professional as it can be difficult to determine the extent of the damage by yourself.
How to Repair Termite Damage Yourself
If you’re not a contractor or carpenter yourself, we recommend calling one to help you assess the extent of your termite damage.
If the damage is minor, then there are some easy DIY home repairs you can attempt. If the damage is severe, then definitely leave it to a professional. When the very structure of your home is at risk, it’s best to get help from someone licensed to repair homes.
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Fixing Wood Damage From Termites
With minor termite damage, you may be able to repair the wood. The most common wood damage fixes include:
- Wood hardeners can be used to fill in gaps or holes to strengthen the damaged wood
- Wood fillers offer an efficient and effective way to fill in gaps and cracks in wood with minor termite damage. If the damage is severe or you’re not sure how severe it is, don’t attempt to repair it with wood filler
- Wood sealants can help cut off the air supply to any remaining termites after you’ve filled in gaps
Can Termites Destroy a Home?
Though rare, a mature termite colony that’s been infesting a house for years can cause irreparable damage to a property.
The good news is that it takes a very long time to get to this point and termites are almost always detectable before then. Most termite infestations that cause wood damage can be repaired by a professional.