Termites are the bane of the home-owning world. They may look harmless, but they can cause serious damage to your home’s structure if left unchecked. Fortunately, termite damage is easy to spot once you know what to look for. Here are some common signs of termite infestation in your house:
Bubbles in paint
Bubbles in paint are a sure sign of termite damage. The bubbles are usually caused by termites eating the wood behind the paint, which can cause it to swell and rise up. Termites can also eat through the wood and leave behind tiny pinholes in the paint. If you notice these types of bubbles on your ceiling or walls, there’s a good chance that they have been damaged by termites or other insects like carpenter ants.
If you have cracks in your paint, it’s best to have them repaired by a professional. Cracks in the paint can be caused by termites eating away at the wood beneath the surface, or they can occur because of moisture damage. The way to repair these types of cracks depends on their cause and will be determined by a professional.
Holes in the drywall
If you suspect termites are in your home, look for holes in drywall and other evidence of their activity. Drywall is eaten by termites because it’s soft and easy to digest. Termites can also eat through wood, but only if it’s already damaged or it’s not treated with a protective finish, like paint or varnish.
Termites will also eat insulation if they can get at it; this includes fiberglass insulation that’s packed into walls as well as cellulose-based insulations like fiberglass batts (also called “blueboard”). They can also attack plastic pipes and wires under the house if they aren’t protected from moisture by conduit or sheathing, respectively. Cardboard boxes or paper products may become infested with termites if they’re moistened by water leaks inside the house; even after these items dry out again, colonies may persist on them until humans remove them and dispose of them safely away from their homes.
When termites attack your home, they will leave behind damage that is often hidden from the naked eye. One sign of this type of damage is hollow-sounding wood. To check for this, you can tap on the wood with your fingernail or a small piece of metal. If it sounds hollow, then termites have eaten through the interior of that part of the wood and it should be replaced as soon as possible because it could collapse. Termite damage can be severe if not taken care of quickly.
Termite infestations can lead to serious structural issues in a building if left unchecked for too long. Depending on how much damage has been done and what kind of treatment you need (if any), an inspection may cost upwards of $500-$1,000 or more!
If you suspect that your home may be infested with termites, it’s important to take action quickly. The longer these pests are allowed to stay in your house, the more damage they’ll do—and the harder it will be to remove them. If you’re worried that your property might have been damaged by termites, call us at (251) 776-2362. Our experts at ProShield will be happy to diagnose any signs of infestation and provide a free estimate on how much treatment will cost!