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Prevention Tips

    1. Have an annual inspection performed by a licensed professional.

    There is nothing available to stop termites or fungus from invading your home. Detection is the key to protection.

    2. Keep all exterior wood protected with a good quality primer and paint.

    Primer and paint will help seal the wood from invasion by termites and moisture.

    3. Caulk and seal exterior wood cracks, crevices and corners.

    Exposure to elements (i.e. hot, cold, wet and dry weather) can cause wood to split or warp creating separations at corners making it easier for termites and moisture to penetrate this area.

    4. Seal cracks and crevices.

    Termites can maneuver themselves through the smallest of spaces and create damage for years before showing any outside evidence. Moisture can also get through cracks and crevices and lead to damage.

    5. Install rain gutters in areas of heavy moisture concentration due to rain.

    Consistent moisture to areas such as windows and doors due to rain run-off can result in expensive repairs.

    6. Keep existing rain gutters and down-spouts clean of dirt and debris.

    Clogged and backed up rain gutters can result in unnecessary damage by leaking or trapping water against the eave areas.

    7. Keep foliage cut back away from your walls and roof.

    As attractive as it may be, growing vines on or bushes against your home is not a good idea. This can trap moisture against your siding or window trims causing a condition that could lead to fungus damage. Trees growing against the roof–line can trap moisture against the eaves and can damage the roof during a heavy rain or wind. This can also make it more difficult for a trained inspector to correctly determine the presence or absence of termites or fungus.

    8. Do not store any wood against or under your home.

    Fire wood or scrap wood stored directly on the soil can attract termites which can lead to an infestation in your home. Even if not directly on the soil, subterranean termites are very persistent and can still manage to find it.

    9. Check your irrigation system to make sure sprinklers are not spraying your house.

    Don’t water your house…It won’t grow. Sprinklers constantly spraying siding, trims, doors and windows will result in costly repairs and/or replacement. Redirect sprinklers and adjust pressure to avoid this situation. Consult a professional or consider other methods of irrigation such as drip systems in areas of concern. Termites are very opportunistic and can take advantage of damaged areas due to fungus and excessive moisture. It is also strongly suggested that drip trays be placed under any potted planted that are placed on or near wood such as deck and patio covers.

    10. Avoid faulty grade conditions.

    Keep exterior planters and slabs from going above the foundation of the house. Faulty grade conditions give easy access for termites to infest walls undetected and may also allow moisture into wall voids, possibly causing damage to wall framing, drywall and floor coverings.

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