Looking for the signs of termite damage can be an important way to protect your investment in your home. Unfortunately, these signs may not tell you the degree of the damage that the termites have done. By the time they arise, the termites may already have significantly damaged the structure of your home.
Termites begin deep inside the wood they infest.
Termites are voracious pests, and colonies eat constantly and do constant damage once they have entered a home. However, this damage begins deep within the wood, damaging the strength of each piece of wood while the surface remains intact. This is why termite-infested boards may appear sound, but tapping on their surface reveals that they are hollow.
It takes time for damage to reach the surface.
Because termite infestations begin inside the structures of a home, any surface indications of termite damage—including bubbling or honeycomb textures on the surface of the wood—will not appear for some time. As the University of Kentucky notes, this often means it can take years for homeowners or residents to become aware of the damage.
As a result, it is essential that homeowners act quickly once they see signs that termites have damaged their property and disclose the damage to buyers. It is also vital that inspectors fully investigate the damage so that homeowners can properly address the infestation and prevent future damage.
If your home experienced prolonged termite damage because of the actions of a previous homeowner or the negligence of a pest control company, you may be eligible for compensation.