The Financial Impact of Termites

There is no such thing as a termite-proof home. But did you know the majority of termite damage is discovered at the time a homeowner prepares to do a major renovation, such as replacing windows or updating the bathroom? This is due to the fact that most people don’t know what’s going on inside their walls until they actually break through them and discover the damage.

Termites cause more damage to homes in the United States than tornadoes, fires and earthquakes combined – over $5 wood-destroying-insectsbillion annually. They are silent and very difficult to detect. They can eat on the wood in your home for years before you ever know you have a problem. And each year, unfortunate homeowners fork out thousands of dollars to repair termite damage. If you plan to renovate your bathroom and discover termite damage, it will cost you anywhere between $5,000 and $8,000 to make necessary repairs.

And unfortunately, most homeowners insurance does not cover the repair costs of any damage caused by termites.

“We frequently receive calls from frantic homeowners who discover termite damage when they knock out a wall in their bathroom,” explains Adam Jones, Vice President of Quality Assurance at Massey Services. “Termites prefer areas with heavy moisture, so the walls around a shower create the perfect conditions for an infestation.”

The most obvious signs of a termite infestation include evidence of deterioration in the molding, windowsills, baseboards and walls of your home. If you suspect you may have termites in the walls of your home, call a professional. Massey Services will conduct a thorough termite inspection at no charge and provide you with a detailed report of their findings. They will also recommend a protection plan that’s right for your home.