Crawlspace Termite Damage & Repair
Unfortunately, homeowners are unaware of the termites in their crawlspace, and wait too long to have their homes treated. As a result, many homes experience damage to the floor joists, sill plates, and beams in the crawl space. Many people face this problem, approximately 1 in 30 homes are infested with termites annually, and these problems can go unnoticed for 2 to 8 years or more.
Termites are small colonized insects, their colony can contain up to 50-60 thousands of termites and they can consume a foot of 2″x4″ wood in about 4 months. Termites will eat just about anything that contains cellulose. They start by climbing the foundation wall of a crawlspace or support columns and eating the sill plate or the beam. From there they move on to the floor joist and the sub-floor. In some cases, homeowners are unaware of the problem until they show up in the walls of the living space. By this time, the entire floor structure in the crawlspace needs to be rebuilt.
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Signs of Termite Damage
1. Termite Mud Tubes or Tunnels – See whether there are any mud tube tunnels inside the crawlspace or around the house. When termites find a source of food, they will build a tunnel of mud for traveling to the food. If you find a termite tunnel, break it open to find any live termites. Dead or no termites does not mean that there is no infestation, it may indicate that the mud tube has been abandoned by the colony.
2. Swarming or Flying Termites – Winged termites are often the first sign of subterranean termite infestation. Swarming termites are attracted to light and are often found near windows, doors, vents, baseboards, and lighting fixtures. Finding flying termites inside the home is a potential indicator of a serious and long-standing termite infestation.
3. Sagging or Uneven Floors – When the floor structure is damaged by termites, the floor joists, sill plates, and beams will sag causing uneven floors. Gaps between the floor and baseboard in the living space is another example of termite damage. Doors and Windows may start to jam or not open properly.