Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Termite Troubles: When Your Ceiling Gets Infested

When you think you have a termite problem, there are key places to look, and signs to watch out for indoors. You can observe your foundation wall, its corners, and its joints, as well as the floor and the ceiling. Keep an eye out for any staining and unusual  blistering paint, especially where your plumbing system runs through the wall.
Look Up!
Don’t forget to assess your ceiling. Since this major structure in your home is made of wood (or any alternative containing cellulose), the termites can certainly use parts of it as food, or as a place to house their colony.
Eventually, termites can also infest parts of your roof. Obviously, wood shakes and shingles are  vulnerable. Additionally, if your roof has leaks, any wooden structure that the water moistens can be threatened by the pests.

Can You Prevent Ceiling or Roof Damage?
There are ways to minimize the risks of ceiling and roof damage. You can apply paint, sealants, and other termite-proofing treatments on the surfaces, especially on any wooden structure exposed outside. Get any plumbing or roof leak repaired right away to prevent moisture buildup.

Can You Repair Damaged Parts of the Ceiling or Roof?
It can sometimes be difficult to detect termites, so by the time you suspect the pests, they might have already caused extensive damages to the critical structures. That’s why preventive inspections and immediate termite control are important. When you do get those issues repaired, invest in preventing repeat infestations, too.