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on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 by Terminix

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As a homeowner, you have a variety of things to consider when it comes to the ultimate protection of your home and your investment. The overall quality and condition of your home is the sum of the condition of its individual parts, from the exterior walls and foundation that holds everything together to the interior floors and ceilings. Often your home is at risk and your investment is at stake, and the damage is already done by the time you even notice the signs.

  • Environmental factors such as moisture, poor air quality and inadequate temperature control can lead to pest infestations and other damage.
  • Your home’s standard floor supports can deteriorate or break over time because of improper water drainage, heat changes, moisture build-up or even termites.
  • Moisture build-up in crawl spaces can cause damage and wood rotting in your home’s substructure through condensation.
  • Deteriorating insulation can cause increased heating and cooling costs.

Environmental factors

Just like other living creatures, pests seek places to live that satisfy their basic needs. They search for shelter, air, food and moisture in order to survive. Therefore, to avoid pest infestations, remove the elements they need for survival. All living things need water, so one of the first steps to preventing pests from entering your home is to repair any plumbing leaks and avoid allowing water to accumulate. Also, make sure to remove any materials that are water damaged to avoid attracting pests. Experts at Terminix.com recommend avoiding the storage of boxes, paper bags or newspapers as these are prime breeding grounds for some types of pests.

Consequences of neglect

Pests are not the only consequence of neglecting environmental factors in your home. Statistics show that replacement materials used to repair rot account for as much as 10 percent of the wood production in the United States. Therefore, controlling wood’s exposure to moisture not only keeps the wooden portions of your home from being attractive to insects, but also prevents rot and fungus. Wood decay fungus requires high moisture content to grow.. Therefore, the experts at Terminix.com suggest that homeowners inspect the wooden structures of the home for areas where moisture is high, not only to prevent pest infestations, but also to prevent rot and fungus.

Identifying rot and pest infestations

Although some types of fungi will cause the wood to have a bleached appearance, wood fungus can be black and the timber affected may feel soft and spongy, even if it is painted. Dry timber that has been affected by rot will crack easily and crumble into fine particles. If you suspect wood rot, insert a probe just under the surface of the wood and lift up. If the wood breaks in the middle point where the probe is inserted, it is affected by rot. If the wood breaks in a long piece, the wood is probably sound. There may also be a wet, musty smell in the area of the rot. If you discover wood rot or suspect that there may be fungus in the wooden structures of your home, Terminix.com offers a variety of Home Solutions to not only help identify any pests that may have invaded your home, but also to eliminate them and provide you with the added protection needed to prevent environmental factors from becoming a problem.

Terminix.com offers solutions such as Temp-Vents, crawlspace vapor barriers, insulation repairs and replacements, and many other solutions that will provide added protection for your most valuable investment. Terminix® expert technicians can identify areas of the home where conditions put you at risk for damage and provide solutions that will keep your home protected. For more information, visit Terminix.com or call 1.866.766.7628 today to learn more about their Home Solutions.


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