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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Matt, I had no idea that paint could act as a barrier. We've been getting bugs and other pests in our home a lot this spring, and I'm worried about the summer. Maybe it would be smart to repaint the exterior of the house, just to make sure. http://www.frontlinetpc.com.au 


Having to deal with a termite problem on my shed was pretty tough for me. Luckily I found the problem as to why termite would keep going into my shed and eating away the lumber that I just bought. The problem all came from having a few dead trees that were located near my shed. With the help of a few pest control products and contacting a termite company to help out sure seemed to have taken care of the problem. http://www.pestcontrolnorthcarolina.com/pest-control/termite-control.html 


My husband and I were told that termites can be common in our area. We want to prevent them as much as possible. We know that they can cause an awful lot of damage. We are going to do all we can to avoid those issues.


James Lisbon
James Lisbon

That was interesting when you mentioned that not piling up wood by your home can help prevent termites.  When I was younger, I helped some neighbors get firewood for their home during winter.   My neighbor told us not to put the wood right next to the house.  I wonder if he said that because he didn't want to have to worry about termites. http://www.bluebelltermite.com/termites.htm


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