Are termites eating away at your home? If so, it may be time to have a pest-control service take care of the problem for you. Most pest-control services will be able to provide you with extermination of the termites and minimal repairs. This can leave you with a big problem when the termites are gone and your home still needs repairs. Some of the woodwork may need to be repaired by you. Here are some tips to help you with the wood repairs your home will need after a termite infestation.
1. Using Concrete to Replace Wood Where Moisture Is a Problem
Sometimes wood in certain areas can be replaced with other materials. A good example of this is posts for features like decks; you can replace these wooden poles with concrete columns. Concrete columns can put more distance between wood and pests as well as make the structure more sound. You can also replace other wood features with concrete, such as treated wood materials that may be in contact with the ground.
2. Repairing Wood with Fillers and Termite Repellents to Prevent Return Problems
Wood materials can be severely damaged by termite infestations. These materials can sometimes be repaired, and this may involve removing the damaged materials and filling the voids in with a filler. This is something that is done with non-structural woodwork and should not be done for structural elements. If you do repair some wood with fillers, you may also want to consider treating the wood with an insect repellent before sealing the wood for the final repairs. Doing this can help to prevent the termites from coming back to the same area.
3. Installing Moisture Barriers Between Concrete, Wood, and Other Materials
Moisture is a problem that can lead to the infestation of many different types of pests. This can happen when there is no moisture barrier between wood and other materials like concrete. To prevent this problem, add a moisture barrier to concrete and other areas that come in contact with wood. When you have concrete work done, you can also have the wood treated to help repel termites and other insects that can make it into your home and cause damage.
These are some tips to help you with the termite repairs that you need to have done after you remove the pests. If you have wood that needs to be replaced, contact a concrete supplier such as Island Ready-Mix Concrete to get materials for things like moisture barriers, concrete columns, and other feature to protect woodwork from pests.