Termites cause an average of $5 billion in damage in the United States annually. The inconvenience to homeowners is unmeasurable.
What is the cost of termite damage? The short answer is, much more than most homeowners expect to pay.
Termites cause more damage to homes in the United States than tornadoes, fires and earthquakes combined – over $5 billion annually. Costs in damage to individual homes ranges due to the degree and the length of infestation but in general, costs to repair termite damage can range from the low thousands and in to the tens of thousands of dollars.
And unfortunately, most homeowners insurance does not cover the repair costs of any damage caused by termites.
A house with termite damage often looks the same as any other house…on the surface
Termites are capable of damaging the structure of a home – including posts, floor and ceiling supports and wall studs – as well as non-structural elements including drywall, paneling, carpet, even furniture. Extensive infestations, when left untreated, can cause serious damage, including floor and roof collapse. Damage is often found too late since termites get in and cause damage in areas not visible to the homeowner.
The Inconvenience of Repairing Termite Damage
Termite damage can also cause a major inconvenience to fix due to the interruption of your regular lifestyle. Repairs can take weeks and sometimes even months depending on the severity of the damage. The best thing to do is to protect your home against termites before they become a major problem.