Termite Ceiling Damage
Termite ceiling damage is just one symptom or visible sign among many possible signs of termite activity inside the confines of the home. One of the primary troubles that people tend to have in dealing with these creatures is that they leave so little apparent visible evidence of their destructive work early on that detection is next to impossible until a great deal of repair work is already needed. Termite ceiling damage is one example among many of this general trouble in early detection. By the time we are able to see this sort of damage and come to understand its source, a great deal of harm has already been done and quite a bit of abatement activity will be necessary before eradication and eventual home repair can even be accomplished, meaning the everyday activity in the home will be substantially affected at the very least.
Termites Consume Many Different Materials
A termite infestation may be made evident in the consumption of a wide variety of materials. Contrary to what many people believe, they do not just eat wood, but actually seek out a whole range of cellulose based and organic materials to sustain themselves and feed the colony. Workers may consume books, picture frames, the trim and casing around windows, wood furniture, carpeting, walls, floors, and ceilings. In many of these possible affected areas the damage being done on the inside is not apparent on the outside until much later on in the process because of the way these pests work from the inside out. Once termite ceiling damage does present itself, it does so as light water damage in a lot of infestation vases.
Affected areas often buckle and sag the way they would under the pressure of constant water leaks. Homeowners who are having this unfortunate issue might look at their ceiling and come to the quite reasonable conclusion that they are experiencing a water leak from the floor above the affected ceiling or a leaky roof. In either case, the true nature of the damage often is not known until the area is ripped out to address the issue and the infestation discovered.
Repairing Ceiling Depends on Damages
Repairing termite ceiling damage is a concern that does have to be addressed once the real cause of the sags and buckling are known; however, the termite infestation first must be addressed and eradication successfully completed. Repairs done before the colony have been removed completely may end up being a waste of time in these affected areas. Termite ceiling damage once discovered often leads the homeowner and/or termite control inspector to discover other pockets of trouble throughout the infested home. Any and all of these areas will have to be addressed and a complete home inspection done to make sure no other unknown areas are extant prior to the commencement of termite ceiling damage repair.
Visible Signs Indicate Full Infestation
These visible signs such as a sagged ceiling often indicate a full scale termite infestation in the home requiring the immediate attention of a certified pest control authority. Extensive replacement of areas of the home both aesthetically and structurally may be required. To prevent expensive and difficult repairs to the ceiling and other areas of the home, an annual inspection is highly recommended in areas prone to termites. The early use of technological aids to these inspections can prevent costly damage and save homeowners thousands in home repairs. Do not wait to act on any suspicion of infestation in the home. If termite ceiling damage is apparent, contact a professional and local pest control inspector.