Subterranean termites, which are prevalent in Salem homes, cause more than $1 billion in damage in the United States. Repairing serious damage caused by termites and other pests can cost a homeowner thousands of dollars, and these costs are often not covered by insurance.
- The look of flying termites emerging through a structure unexpectedly.
- Wood that has been infested with termites.
- Termite shelter tubes found on wood surfaces.
And if you have dry rot in your home, it will invite more termites to infiltrate it. Arranging for dry rot repair as soon as feasible may assist to slow the spread of termites.
What Pest Damage Can Look Like in Your Salem Home
Pest damage can be substantial in general. Even something as small and as innocent as carpenter ants can cause significant damage in your property. A carpenter ant infestation appears as little mounds of wood shavings around your home's façade. These are generated as worker ants tunnel into the wood's surface.
Carpenter ants prefer insulation and inside walls, but as their colony grows, they will make their way out to the outer siding. They prefer wet, rotting wood. Their existence usually implies that there is an issue with crumbling walls.
Carpenter bees are another insect that can cause harm to your home. They are tiny pests that resemble bumblebees but have a much greater ability to cause harm. They prefer to burrow through wood to make nests, and if you don't get rid of them, they'll live in them season after season.
A carpenter bee nest can be identified by its appearance as a burrowed circular, smooth hole in your exterior. You can usually see hovering bees outside your home's perimeter or creeping inside it.
Powder post beetles are another pest. Depending on the species, they may attack softwood used for joists, wall studs, and other structural lumber or hardwood used for cabinets, furniture, floors, and interior trim and moldings. Because most house frames are made of softwoods, particular powder post beetles can cause structural damage.
Dry rot, like nearly all of these types of pest damage, can exacerbate the situation. As a result, it is essential that homeowners in these instances seek dry rot repair services as soon as possible.
How to Effectively Fix Termite Damage
The earlier you notice indicators of a termite infestation, the better. Although uncommon, termite infestations can compromise your home's structural integrity and inflict cosmetic damage to furniture and carpets if left untreated.
Let's take a look at nine tried-and-true methods for addressing and resolving termite problems in your Salem house.
1) Epoxy Treatment
If your termite damage is small, this is an excellent alternative for repair. If the damage is not too severe, an epoxy treatment may be able to restore structural strength to the wood.
Epoxy is comparable to cookie dough in that it can be shaped into shape while damp and then carved and trimmed like wood once dried. The epoxy-patched wood looks brand new after being painted.
The main advantage of epoxy is that it is incredibly durable and insect-proof. It is an effective solution for difficult to remove and expensive to replace window sills, molding, door jambs, or external columns. You may be able to replace and repair damaged wood in some areas of your home by using epoxy filler to cover gaps.
2) Restore Your Home Foundations From Termite Damage
Apply various types of termite treatments to the afflicted wood before correcting termite damage. Then, using a chisel, remove the rotting wood, sand it down, and repair the damage by adding wooden support, replacing the wood, or putting wood fillers or hardeners.
3) Treat Wooden Structures with Termite Control Products
While you may be addressing termite damage in the foundation, it is preferable to first contact a professional pest treatment firm. They will have the necessary skills and equipment to treat a termite infestation.
They will use slow-acting insecticides in addition to other treatments such as liquid termiticide, termite bait, and others. They will also check to see if your home or company is free of termites and other insect issues.
4) Use a Chisel to Remove Rotten Wood
The level of termite ruin in certain termite-ravaged homes cannot be emphasized. Termites can do significant damage to wood structures and siding. Furthermore, termite-damaged wood may attract new infestations.
As a result, you must first use a chisel to remove the rotted wood. A ruined piece of wood will be visible if it appears rotten or discolored.
5) Apply Wood Hardener
After you've removed the damaged wood from your home, you'll notice cavities where termites established colonies and ate away at your structures. Apply a wood hardener first to restore the remaining hardness of the wood before patching it up.
To reduce termite damage, use a wood hardener alone to fill in the cavities. Choose a product that is appropriate for your wood type and level of damage. It may also be necessary to use wood sealants to smother any remaining termites in your property.
6) Repair Termite Damage
After preparing the wood with a hardener, you have numerous alternatives for patching up the damage, depending on its degree.
These are the alternatives:
- Fill up the gaps with wood filler.
- Support the damaged wood with wood.
- Completely replace the structure.
7) Apply Wood Filler
If your home has been severely damaged by termites - the damage is bad enough that you can see the channels or cavities in the wood - you will need to patch it up with a wood filler. Wood fillers resemble a wood putty or sealer and are used to repair the spaces left by termites.
To avoid sagging, properly mix the wood filler and apply it to the gaps a little at a time. It may take several coats to gain coverage or to mix it with the surrounding wood.
When the wet seasons begin, you'll want to keep an eye on the wood since new cracks may emerge in the wood fillers. This can be avoided by keeping it as dry as possible.
8) Add Wood Support
If the termite damage is severe enough that wood filler cannot be used to fill the damaged wood, you should consider adding structural support to the damaged wood. This gives less expensive alternatives for both non-structural and structural repairs. Just make sure that proper dimensions are collected for any woodwork that may be required.
9) Replace Damaged Sections of Wood
If your property has suffered extensive termite damage, you may need to replace damaged structural components. This could be more expensive and complicated. However, it will only be used if wood fillers and wooden supports are no longer effective.
The wood may already be in bad shape, and the only option is to replace it. This will provide temporary support for the structure's integrity until repairs are made.
You could cut off this section of the wood on your own if you are confident in your abilities. To ensure safety and precision, it is advisable to leave this job to a professional contractor in Salem.
Our experts at 3Rs Construction will assist you in making informed and efficient selections regarding how to perform the dry rot repairs. As your dependable restoration contractor in Salem, Oregon, we can assist you with dry rot, siding, and home repairs.
Call us at (503) 363-1059, so we can get started on your dry rot repair today!