You probably know that water leaks can cause mold in your home or business. But did you know that they can attract termites too? Water damage restoration San Diego company Clean Earth Restorations explains:
Termites feed on wood and also need water to survive. Moist wood provides water, and gives termites extra incentive to invade your home. Along with humidity, termites are also attracted to heat, both which are amply provided by leaky pipes or water heaters.
To make matters worse, termite and water damage can be similar in appearance to the untrained eye — blistering paint, sagging structures, a musty odor…
It’s possible that homeowners may attempt do-it-yourself efforts to fix water leaks and water damage but not know to investigate a growing termite infestation that is present as well.
Both water leaks and termite infestations can cause major damage if left untreated.
In addition to yearly termite inspections, here are some suggestions to help you lower your risk of attracting termites to your home:
- inspect your home’s plumbing regularly for leaks and fix any immediately
- keep rain gutters clean and make sure rain (or outdoor irrigation) does not pool near the house
- fix leaky outdoor faucets or irrigation
- thoroughly dry out any structure and materials involved in a leak or flood (with professional help if necessary)
- do not store wood against your foundations or in the attic of your home
- keep any wood on or adjacent to your home at least 12 inches above the ground itself
- make sure attic vents are clean and allow air to circulation (ie do not trap moisture in your attic)
- avoid mulching your garden up to and against the foundation of your home. (Mulch provides both wood cellulose and moisture to termites who can then continue their meal in your home.)
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