Termites: A Hidden Danger to the Home

Friday, November 9, 2012

While it’s common practice to get an inspection when buying a new house, it’s easy for people put aside giving the home an occasional checkup. However, when it comes to your property, there are a few common problems that could be eating away at its value.

Fox News reports that mold, a bad foundation, roof damage and faulty wiring are some of the issues that could really break the bank with repairs. But, many people forget about termites, a silent, wood-eating pest that can cause serious and costly damage to a home in a matter of weeks. 

Unfortunately, termites are responsible for more than $5 billion in property damage every year. Worse still, is the fact that damage caused by termites is not usually covered by homeowners' insurance policies.

The best method of termite control is to avoid water accumulation near the home's foundation. Therefore, the National Pest Management Association encourages homeowners to take some time to inspect the foundation of the house for mud tubes or areas of accumulated water. However, if a termite infestation is suspected, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the problem.