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Just the FAQ's
Do you have questions about how to protect your home from wood rot, termite damage, and more? Learn a bit about what you can do to protect your home investment.
Termites cost homeowners in excess of $5 billion dollars in damage each year throughout the United States. That's more than the cost of damage from floods, fires, and storms. Be aware. Get an annual inspection from a professional, reputable termite company. Keep your termite bond current.
How do I know I may have a termite problem?
Termites swarm in the spring when moisture and temperatures begin to rise. Check the areas inside your home and watch the areas outside of your home for wings and dead termites.
Are there certain types of conditions that are more conducive to termites?
Yes, there are.
Do termites only feed on wood products?
Termites can feed on paper, books, insulation, and other types of home products in addition to wood structures. They also feed on decaying woody plants, trees, and shrubs.
There are essentially two types of wood rot: dry rot and wet rot. Timbers and structural woods rot when they are exposed to excessive moisture. Moisture can come from a flood, a leak, defective gutters, or damp walls that lack proper ventilation.
What is the difference between dry rot and wet rot?
Dry rot is a fungus that feeds on moisture in wood products and destroys the wood. Dry rot can spread to other areas. Wet rot is a different type of fungus which tends to stay close in proximity to the source of the excessive moisture and appears wet. A common example of wet rot is what you find on the exterior of window sills and door frames.
What types of composite materials are available to replace our rotted wood?
There are a wide variety of materials available today that are impervious to water and insects, such as: PVC, cement fiber board, and wood composite trim products.
Are there ways to protect against wood rot?
One of the most effective means of protecting your home's exterior from wood rot is to paint the exterior, especially window sills, trims, and door frames every three years. Be sure to fill any cracks and give the filler time to dry before you paint. You might also consider these helpful hints: