There are many different complications that can make dealing with a termite control problem even more difficult. One of these issues is the presence of foam barriers. Many homes have foam barriers around their slabs because at one time, home building companies were required to include them to save on energy costs if they wished to qualify for federally sponsored building loans. The intent was to create homes that were more energy efficient.
Foam Barriers Make Eradication Difficult
Nowadays, foam barriers are no longer required. In fact, federally sponsored loans for building and remodeling projects at homes with foam barriers are unavailable unless the barriers are removed. One of the reasons for this has to do with the termite control issue. Foam barriers make it impossible to effectively treat the slab with the chemical barrier needed to prevent further infestation. And termites can either get behind or through them to gain access to the home. They are able to get through the smallest openings, and foam barriers are an ineffective means of prevention.
Foam Barriers and Termite Control
To effectively deal with an infestation in a home, all foam barriers must be removed. Sufficient clearance from the soil to the foam board must be allowed for any chemical barrier application to be effective. Most termite control companies have experience dealing with foam barriers, and will include this facet of the job in their estimate for the work they’ll do on the home. But make sure they know ahead of time that they are present to avoid any surprises. And some homeowners may wish to take care of this step on their own to save on labor costs. Consult your termite control company about the proper methods and do the job right.