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Home Inspections - Termites
For most homeowners, it is hard to imagine such small creatures doing such incredible damage, but they do. Termites are one of the worst things that can happen to any homeowner. However, with a qualified home inspection, the presence of termites can be detected and remedied. Termites literally eat the wood of your home, causing serious damage if not treated.

The bad thing about termites is that they are doing damage for quite some time before being detected. If left unchecked and untreated, you could end up having to spend thousands of dollars in repairs. A good home inspector will perform a thorough search to determine if an existing home or a home you are thinking about buying is infested with termites. If they are found, a special chemical called Termiticide is used. However, make sure a licensed professional performs the treatment.

There are several different types of termites. The most common is called the subterranean termite that builds their home underground in a location that is moist, warm, and close to wood. These termites will build a colony, starting their eating process at the base of the home. Some termites will eat on the wood frame, some on the flooring, and some on sub-flooring. They will even focus at times on newspaper, magazines, sheetrock wall, and anything that has cellulose in it.

To reduce the risk of termite infestation, be sure you have no wood close to the ground. Even cedar chips in landscaping need to be pushed away from the siding on the exterior of the home. Make sure your gutters are kept clean and that no leaves or other debris collects, creating moisture. Some homes are naturally prone to termites. For example, a slab on grade homes that has radiant floor heating. If you have or are considering this style of home, you should take extra care in having the home inspected.

The way in which a termite does damage is by eating from the inside out. They will make their way into the wooden bean and start hollowing out the center. If you notice termite wings, a termite swarm, or sandy piles, you should call an exterminator right away. Some zones are also more susceptible to termite infestation. Remember that termites love wood, warmth, and moisture. Therefore, if you live in an area of the country that offers those three, termites could be a problem.

If damage is detected, make sure you do not carry any of the wood inside the home. Call an inspector who can assess any damage and provide you with a plan of action to get rid of the pests. When buying a home, especially an older home built with a lot of wood, make sure you have a thorough termite inspection performed before you buy. Typically, this type of inspection is required but it is better to make sure than assume.

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