Termite Repair 101: Fixing or Replacing Termite-Damaged Wood
OTTAWA, CANADA — You have two options to fix termite-damaged wood: repair it or completely replace it. Depending on the severity of damage, location, and type of wood you may be forced to throw in the towel and completely replace it. This usually is the case if you’ve had a termite infestation for a number of years. If you are lucky enough to have caught it before they start eating away at the structural integrity of your house then chances are you can choose one of the following repair methods, finish up with a high-quality paint finish, as advised by Ottawa painters. And no one will be the wiser.
We’re going to separate do-it-yourself repairs into two kinds: repairs for non-invasive termite damage and repairs for slightly invasive termite damage. Anything more than moderate termite damage is structural damage, which you will need to call a professional to come help you with.
Non-Invasive Repairing Termite Repair 101
If the damage is only along the surface of the wood, that is to say, it has not dug into the core structure, it is very easy to handle. The main thing you have to do, is treat the wood with a wood hardener or sealant. These wood hardeners or sealants essentially protect the wood from further termite damage and fill in the gaps left by the termites. You will have a number of hardening options with varying strengths and compound mixes that will correspond with a certain kind of wood. Make sure to choose the right hardener for the kind of wood you are covering. If you are unsure, your local hardware store will be able to advise you, just bring a small piece of the wood to the store.
Slightly Invasive Repairing Termite Repair 101
If the termites got into the wood structure at all, but not your building structure, you will have to do a few extra steps. In this case the first thing to do is scrap away the infested and dead wood. Then sandpaper the wood to make it smooth again and only then can you apply any hardener or sealant. Since this is structural, you want to be sure all the weak or loose bits of wood are gone, so the hardener can do its job properly.
In either case, before you start doing any repair yourself you should call an expert to come assess the damage to make sure it really is as light as you think. It is worth the investment to consult a pro, this will help you get the proper job done the first time, and also ensure that the damage or infestation is not actually worse than you think.