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February 2015

Homes at Risk For Termites

February 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Winter is upon us but it’s not too soon to be thinking about termite damage. Prolonged cold, snow and ice can create the perfect environment for termites. Ice dams are one of the most troublesome winter related problems, according to the National Pest Management Association. An Ice dam is a ridge that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining properly. The melting snow backs up behind this dam and can leak into your home, causing water damage to ceilings, walls,insulation, and drywall and providing enough moisture to attract termites as they begin to emerge at the first signs of spring. Termites are known as silent destroyers because their constant gnawing can go unnoticed until significant damage has been done to the structure. Even more problematic is termite property damage, which according to NPMA accounts for at least 5 Billion dollars each year, is not covered by homeowners insurance. Depending on the extent of the destruction, homeowners can be faced with large repair bills. Before the ground warms and termite swarms emerge in search of a new structure to feast on, homeowners should take necessary steps to ensure winter hasn’t done a number on their homes and left them vulnerable to pest problems in the spring. Many construction companies either won’t work on termite damage because it is very dirty work, or they just don’t have the know how to repair this damage. If you discover termite damage, call Andy’s Home and Business Repair Inc. We have been repairing this kind of damage since 1999. Some tips on how to prevent ice dams are as follows. 1) Promptly clear snow off roofs before it freezes and becomes harder to remove. 2) Install snow and ice shields on the roof. 3) Clean out gutters and install gutter guards. 4) Cover an attic or house fan during winter. 5) Repair fascia and rotted shingles. 6) Add insulation to the attic rafters and ceiling. 7) seal and insulate HVAC ducts. 8) Install chimney flashing to prevent leaks. 9) seal gaps around electrical cables and vent pipes. 10) Install eave and soffit vents to circulate cold air.
For all of your home repair needs, call Andy’s Home and Business Repair Inc. St. Louis Handyman extraordinaire. But please, make sure the termites are gone first.

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