Moisture meets wood in more places than many of us imagine. Improper flashing that leaks imperceivable drips behind the siding can moisten the framing of your house for years, and provide exactly the environment that termites love to call home. Over time, that wood will deteriorate and leave behind a porous, structurally unsound shell of its former self, leaving parts of your house vulnerable to collapse.
While it is possible to see termites, they are nearly microscopic, and it is much more common to see, and have to live with, the evidence they leave behind, which is often wood framing meant to support siding or stucco that becomes dependent on it for structure. This arrangement will fail. And that failure can be disastrous.
There are, however, ways to combat the damage done to your house by termites. Here are a few basic tips for preempting termite infestation:
If you do identify termite infestation or damage, address the problem with a licensed contractor immediately. The longer you wait to solve the problem, the more replacement or rebuilding will be necessary.
- Jon Leon Guerrero