Termites Ate My Fireplace: 7 Tips to Protect Your Home From Termites

7 Tips to Protect Your Home From TermitesLuck for me termites did not eat my fireplace. Unfortunately, termites did cause some major damage to a family friend’s home that I was helping out. They had asked me to redesign their fireplace as part of the renovations that were underway. During the demolition of the walls surrounding the fireplace the contractor found significant termite damage. The extra costs associated with repairing the damage from the termites meant they had to cut out the renovation of the fireplace.

Termites are one of the biggest contributors to home destruction, costing a staggering $1 billion in damages each year according to DoItYourself.com. This got me thinking about what are the proper ways to protect your home from termites. After doing some research on termites and termite prevention here are a few tips that could help save your house.

Combat Termites with these Simple Tips

  • Termites can get into your home through the smallest cracks in the slab and foundation of your home. To cut off this potential access point repair and seal any cracks.
  • Do not pile or stack wood or debris around your home.
  • Keep soil and mulch around your home at least 6 inches below the stucco or siding.
  • Keep the exterior of your home well painted. A fresh coat of paint can act as barrier for some types of termites.
  • Keep trees and bushes around your home trimmed so they are not in contact with your home.
  • Be sure your basement, crawl space and attic are sufficiently ventilated and dry.
  • Termites are attracted to moisture so be sure there is no rain water collecting around your home.
  • BONUS TIP: Have your home inspected annually by a licensed professional, which typically will cost approximately $100.

If you follow these termite prevention tips in your own home, hopefully you won’t have any surprises during a home renovation.

Have you ever encountered termites in your home? What are you doing to prevent termites?

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Termites are the worst! We had some in our old house. It was absolutely terrible. They didn't eat our fireplace, but they destroyed our walls. We had to find a great pest control company to help us out. Without them, they probably would have destroyed our entire house. http://www.bcfireplaceservice.com