Termites can weaken the floor and make then squeak or creak as boards rub against each other. A hollow sound could be a sign of termite wood damage. Termites are huge problems for homeowners and, in fact, cost billions of dollars in damage in homes in the United States yearly. Here we are with simple steps to help you fix damage caused by termites to your floor.
1. Remove the damaged piece: Find the termite damaged wood. Remove the damaged piece with chisel and mallet. Carefully remove the piece, ensuring the safety of the adjoining flooring.
2. Place the new strip of wood: Once the damaged wood piece is removed, carefully place the new strip of the wood. Ensure the size of the new strip matches with proper spacing. Use a ruler to measure the dimension of the required strip.
3. Nail the Floor: Use a floor nailer to nail the floor. The flooring nailer hides the nail holes and keeps the flooring snug. You can either rent a floor nailer or buy one if you have an interest in carpentering.
Once having replaced the damaged piece of wood from the floor, you would like to ensure the termite does not further damage the wood. For this, you will have to:
1. Understand the type of termite: There are primarily three types of termite – subterranean, drywood, and dampwood that have the potential to damage the wooden flooring significantly. Each termite breeds and spreads differently. You can distinguish each type of termites by looking at them carefully with a magnifying glass. Subterranean termite swarmers are solid black, drywood swarmers are solid red, and dampwood termite is dark brown.
2. Termite Killer: The next thing you need to do is to kill the termites and damages. You can either choose to kill the termite chemically or naturally. The chemicals to kill termites are easily available in the market.
3. Call a Professional: Can professional help if you think termites are severely damaging your house. They know precisely how to get rid of them without any damage to the property.
Hopefully, the above tips have helped you out. In case you are still building your new home, make sure you talk to your contractor so that they can also give you their expert advice on how to avoid termite damage on your wooden floors.