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No homeowner in Greenville SC wants to hear the phrases “crawl space” and “termite damage” said one after the other.
At Crawlspace Medic®, we know how costly termite infestations can be for any homeowner, particularly those whose homes are built on crawl space foundations. While there’s no guaranteed way to keep termites out of your crawl space, there are steps that you can (and should) take.
Here are a few ways that homeowners in Greenville can prevent termite infestations in crawl spaces and contain termite damage.
Termites are crafty enough that it’s almost impossible to keep them out, so it’s better to make your crawl space an unappealing place for termites to live. The best way to do this is to control moisture and humidity.
Termites love damp spaces. So if you can limit wetness and humidity, it’s unlikely that termites will try to make your crawl space their new home. That means regularly checking for leaks, puddles, and signs of condensation in your crawl space, as well as signs of rotting wood, which should be replaced immediately. You might also consider a moisture control solution, such as crawl space encapsulation.
Another way to prevent infestation is to limit the cellulose materials in your crawl space. Some homeowners in Greenville store items in their crawl space for storage, including paper and cardboard materials. These products might as well be labeled “termite bait.” So make sure that you’re storing paper and cardboard somewhere else.
No matter how careful you are, there’s no guarantee that you’ll prevent a termite infestation. If an infestation occurs, it will be hard to spot. That gives termites the opportunity to wreak untold damage on your crawl space and potentially other parts of your home.
Reducing the cost of termite damage requires identifying the infestation as early as you possibly can. We recommend that homeowners in Greenville conduct a crawl space inspection on a twice-yearly basis to check for signs of termite infestation and other forms of crawl space damage. Alternatively, you can call Greenville’s crawl space experts at Crawlspace Medic® to perform routine inspections on your behalf.
Here are the key signs of termite damage that you should look for when inspecting your crawl space in Greenville:
Even if you’re careful, termites could still end up infesting your home. So if you have a crawl space, it’s important that you inspect it regularly — about once every six months. This way, you can spot signs of infestation early, before termite damage becomes too costly to fix or starts to threaten the structural integrity of your home in Greenville. If you’re unable to perform crawl space inspections on your own, consider having the team at Crawlspace Medic® perform inspections for you.
Termites do the most damage on the inside of wood, making it hard to spot a termite infestation. So when you’re inspecting your crawl space, you should examine all wood surfaces carefully, keeping an eye out for:
If you suspect that wood has been damaged by termites, a great way to check is to knock it gently with the handle of a screwdriver. Termites eat away at the interior of wood, which means a damaged piece of wood will make a hollow noise when you do this.
Hopefully you won’t find any signs of termites on your next check-up of your crawl space. But if you do, call the team at Crawlspace Medic® as soon as possible. Our team can perform a professional inspection of your crawl space, confirm the extent of the damage, and provide you with a game plan for repair and restoration.
Crawlspace Medic® provides inspection, repair, and restoration services for crawl space termite damage throughout the Greenville SC area, including Spartanburg, Anderson, Mauldin, and Simpsonville. Call us today at (864) 478-8598 to learn more or book a consultation.