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 due to termite damage to individual homes differ based on the degree and the length of infestation. In general, however, costs to repair termite damage can range from the low thousands and in to the tens of thousands of dollars.
Unfortunately, most homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover the repair costs of damage caused by termites.
Homes of all construction types are vulnerable to termites.
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. Termites are hard to detect and always active, so most homeowner’s don’t know they have a termite problem until the damage is done.
The inconvenience of costly termite repairs.
Termite damage is not only costly, it can also be 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.