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5 Indicators That You Need to Call for a Termite Inspection Right Away

White termiteTermites are a homeowner’s worst nightmare. You never know when they’re going to strike or if the walls are going to suddenly start crumbling down around you. Having a termite inspection done annually is generally recommended and can give you the peace of mind that you aren’t under attack. However, even though a professional termite inspector will know what to look for, it won’t always be a foolproof way to keep the termites at bay. Because the wood-eating pests are silent and virtually invisible, it can take several visits from an expert to determine that they’ve invaded a home. There are a few things that you should watch out for between termite inspections to eliminate any problems before you realize the structure and furniture around you is slowly diminishing from a complete infestation.

Hollowed, Buckling or Blistered Wood

The reason termites are so hard to detect is because they stay in damp, dark environments that allow them to hide their damaging activity. This means you won’t initially see any destruction on the surface of walls or doors because the wood is being devoured from the inside. Take the time to knock or lightly tap along the wood components in your home every now and then to check for a hollow sound coming from within. Buckling in drywall panels or the appearance of blistering wood are also strong indicators of a termite situation.

Swelling Near Door and Window Openings/Sagging or Curling Floors

When termites have attacked a home they usually don’t leave much area uncovered. Most elements of a structure have the potential to become a feast if the pests are left unexposed for long enough. If you notice doors and windows have become harder to close, don’t fit into their designated spaces anymore or are sticking, then there’s a good chance termites are eating their way around the door jambs and window framings. Carpeting and hardwood floors are definitely not any safer from the threat of being consumed. Floors that are sagging, carpets with holes and even laminated tiles that are curling could all be signs of termites.

Mud Tubes

Mud tubes are at the top of the list of things to check for during a termite inspection. These tunnels are a means of transportation for termites to get back and forth between your house and their colony with food to share. They can be found on exterior walls, near windows or sometimes on interior ceilings. Mud tubes aren’t formed on their own, so at this point you’ll know there’s a situation to be dealt with and the experts must be called in to assess just what damage has already been done.

Termite droppings

Termite Droppings

Droppings

Most homeowners already know to look for rodent excrement if they want to control a pest problem of that kind, but they may not know that termites leave behind little signals of their arrival as well. Finding these pellet-like droppings in your home, and especially around wood, should solicit more extensive research.

Swarms

If you’re lucky enough to view termites as they’re in swarming mode looking for a new colony, you may be able to ward off any serious damage to a structure before they get settled. Being proactive right away may allow for the area around your home to be treated and deter an infestation.

At the first indication or sinking feeling that there could be an infestation in your home you will want to call for a professional termite inspection. It’s definitely not something you want to take a chance and wait on or you might be very depressed at the outcome.

About the Author

Tiffany Olson hails from Northern California and writes regularly on pest control problems and solutions. When she’s not blogging you’ll usually find her hanging out with friends, reading a good book, or cooking up something special.

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August 7, 2013 at 7:59 pm Comment (1)

Buying A Home? Have It Inspected!

Home_InspectionBefore any home-purchase contract is ever signed, a potential home-buyer should, most definitely, have an official home-inspection performed on the property.  In fact, the inspection should be included in the actual contract as a condition of closing the sale.  Some things that could be uncovered might be structural malfunctions, electrical systems not up to code, defective roofing, dry rot and pest infestations, etc.

But even before an inspection is performed, an official disclosure, in writing from the seller, should be obtained.  With that being said, however, that disclosure should not be considered all-inclusive.  Any number of home-owners #1) may not even be aware of any possible hazards or malfunctions which means, of course, they would not even be reported and #2) an on-going problem that a seller has lived with for years may be honestly ‘forgotten’ by him or her, and not divulged.

Putting It All Together:

 

#1:  Do Your Own Inspection:

This should be accomplished before any formal inspection is scheduled and could be done before an offer is made, as well.  Ask the seller if he or she is willing to have you come in to look around and make notations.  If the homeowner has nothing or little to hide, they will welcome the request.

Eyeballing every nook and cranny is vital since big problems can hide is small spaces.  One scrutinizing, prospective buyer, with the help of a magnifying lens, noticed incredibly small bugs nestled inside one bedroom’s baseboards, only to discover they were nocturnal bedbugs—a nightmare that is almost impossible to get rid of.   A new homeowner bought a beautiful four year-old residence and discovered, shortly after moving in, cockroaches would scatter when the kitchen light was turned on in the wee-hours of the morning.  Know the home before it becomes a part of your family!

#2:  The Seller’s Inspection Report:

At the risk of sounding mean-spirited, don’t trust an inspection report the seller may voluntarily provide.  Certainly accept it, but use it as an initial part of the inspection process, and nothing more.  It could be very valid and accurate, but as stated earlier, problems could exist that the homeowner genuinely isn’t even aware of.  One shoddy home builder in a small community was out to save money and built homes whose electrical systems were below code; and were fire hazards waiting to happen.  How the homes passed inspection remained a mystery.

#3:  A Professional Inspection:

Hiring a seasoned pro, who knows exactly what to look for, is your peace of mind!   A veteran professional should take a good 2-3 hours to examine everything from the roofing, to the exterior siding, plumbing, electrical and heating systems, drainage, foundation, drywall, gutters etc.   If at all possible, be available during the inspection to ask questions and get a feel for what problems might be very minor or any revelations that could be a reason for real concern, such as asbestos or lead.

Those Pesky Varmints: 

 

As per LRETX.com, request a pest report!  A licensed, structural pest-control inspector thrives on finding pesky, living things in or around a home that could pose a health risk and/or structural damage.  He’ll look for:

1:  termites/flying beetles/powder-post beetles/carpenter ants/carpenter bees

2:  bedbugs/cockroaches

3:  rodents, especially mice

4:  dry rot (fungus)

5:  moles…your yard could turn into a maze of large mounds or tunnels

If nothing is found that would compromise the sale of the house; you’re good to go!  If potential problems were uncovered, you have justification to negotiate the selling price or you can back out, assuming your contract has allowed you to do so.

But the bottom line remains:  have any potential residence thoroughly inspected since you have way too much at stake not to!

Residing in Nebraska as a retired educator, Karen spends much of her time writing about the real estate industry.

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May 24, 2013 at 5:23 pm Comments (0)
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