Termites can damage several different wood materials in a home, including structural beams, 2 x 4 inch studs, floor and ceiling joists, hardwood floors and drywall. The type and cost of repairs vary based on the extent, location and accessibility of the damage, as well as the repair materials.
Limited damage in a hidden area, like the crawlspace, may not need to be repaired if it does not impact the soundness of a home. However, your pest control expert should mark the damaged area and include treatment information on your inspection report so the damage will not be mistaken for a sign of a new termite infestation at a future inspection.
Structural damage can seriously affect your home’s stability and soundness, and should be repaired by a licensed contractor. Structural damage includes damage to posts, beams and joists that support other parts of the home, including floors, walls and the roof.
Methods for Repairing Termite Damage
There are two main ways to fix termite damage: replace the damaged wood entirely or attach a new piece of wood to the damaged wood to provide support.
When removing damaged structural wood, it is extremely important to provide temporary structural support until the new wood is in place. Where feasible, it is often more cost effective to simply add a new piece of wood to support the damaged wood rather than replace the damaged wood altogether.
Sections of wood floors and baseboards that have been damaged by termites typically need to be replaced entirely. The wood in these areas becomes fragile after termite damage and will continue to deteriorate from regular use until it is replaced.