Protect Your Deck From Termite Damage

Summer is a beautiful time of year to create memories with family and friends. The backyard is the ultimate outdoor space to cook, dine, party, and lounge—all in the customized comfort of your own home!

The Value of A Deck

Even the most nature-loving person will admit that nature has nuisances that come with its perks.

Your backyard as nature would have it may not be the most comfortable place to seat oneself or multiple people. A deck can transform your backyard from just a simple piece of land into a truly functional and comfortable outdoor extension of your living room, dining room, and kitchen. Home exterior projects are reported to “have the greatest return on investment (ROI). A new wood deck has an average cost of $17,000 with a 66% ROI and a composite deck averages around $22,500 and has a 63% ROI.” 

The numbers prove that a deck is a worthwhile investment for the ROI alone—and that is before including the priceless value of the joy and relaxation that an outdoor living space provides. But the most common materials for decks, lumber and wood composite, happen to be what termites feed on. Termites feed on wood cellulose, causing billions of dollars of property damage every year across the United States. A deck constructed of wood that has not been professionally treated and protected from termites is essentially a buffet for colonies who are eagerly hungry to infest.

Protect Your Wood Deck

Termite damage equates to financial damage. Furthermore, a deck that has been damaged by termites has been weakened and is therefore structurally dangerous.

Celebrity actress Jamie Chung lived in her mid-century Los Angeles home for nine years before discovering that her deck was “totally termite infested”. What was initially planned to be a refinishing of her old deck during a backyard renovation led to the shocking discovery that the wood decking had never been treated to prevent termite damage. Chung’s deck had to be rebuilt entirely.

The good news is that decks can be protected from termite damage by professional treatments that are specifically designed to prevent termites, fungi, and rot. BoraCare is a salt-based solution that Orange County pest control professionals apply directly to exposed wood during the refinishing of an existing deck or the building of a new deck, lasting the life of the wood to prevent the wood from being eaten by termites.

A little bit of wear and tear is completely understandable for any deck, but it is also what termite damage is often mistaken for. Most homeowners are unaware of the treatment and care that are required for wood decking, so it is highly recommended to book professional termite inspections to detect potential infestations as soon as possible.

Termite treatments for wood repair, refinishing, or construction are often beyond the scope of standard home and deck renovations. It is best to call us to treat the wood during the refinishing of an existing deck or the construction of a new deck. If you have any questions about protecting wood decking from termites, you can call us to speak with a licensed pest control professional today. 

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What Are Certified Real Estate Home Inspection Reports?

As the pandemic hit, the world found itself faced with many difficulties that most people were not prepared for. The economy is being hit hard. Many businesses have not fully adjusted to the adversity of these unique times; many have incurred losses so severe that owners have had to shut down their operations. At the same time, the standard of living has increased. Unfortunately, limited supply causes upward pressure on prices. This is especially true for urban areas, which are especially costly to live in—everything from rent to weekly groceries can burn through your savings. Many young professionals are struggling to save for the purchase of their first home, and many existing homeowners feel the pressure to downsize. 

Every buyer wants to be assured that their future home is more than just a pretty face. That is why home inspections are a crucial part of every real estate deal. While everything may look perfect on the surface, home inspections provide a closer look at any potential concerns behind-the-scenes, through a licensed third party. 

What is a WDO Report Certification? 

They are the stuff of nightmares; WDOs (Wood Destroying Organisms) are typical in America. In fact, termites cause an average of five billion dollars of damage every year.

Along with termites, WDOs include carpenter ants, bees, and beetles. Without treatment, they eat their way through the wood that makes up the structural integrity of the house. Unless a homebuyer knows what to look for, termites can be difficult to detect with the naked eye. Thus, it could take at least three to eight years before the signs of a termite infestation are apparent. As such, many mortgage providers and states require a pest inspection. 

A WDO Report Certification is crucial in real estate deals. Without a detailed WDO real estate home inspection, you run the risk of buying a house with massive structural damage. This is every buyer’s worst nightmare, as many homeowner insurance policies do not cover any damage caused by termites and other wood-destroying organisms. 

To avoid getting stuck with costly, extensive damage that is usually not covered by homeowner’s insurance, you should always ask for a WDO inspection before finalizing the purchase of your home. If you are looking to sell your home and downsize, WDO inspection certifications are crucial to expediting the sale of your current property. If signs of damage are discovered during the inspection, you should treat the pest issues immediately. If pests are found during your inspection, wood replacement may be required. 

WDO inspection certifications give buyers confidence that they are acquiring a pest-free property. Note that not all home inspectors can officially conduct WDO inspections unless they work for a regulated and licensed pest control company with certified inspectors. Always hire an experienced and qualified termite inspector for your WDO inspection.

If you are buying or selling real estate, call us to get a certified real estate home inspection report. Natural Science Exterminating is certified in providing termite inspection, treatment, and carpentry services. 

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