The start of a home remodel is like waking up to the smell of your favorite coffee—as you inhale the aroma, you exhale excitement and determination. You envision how your dreams will soon become reality, and nothing can stand in your way.
Unfortunately, life has a way of throwing a wrench in even the most meticulous plans and blueprints. Wrenches are tools that contractors use. And if you have hired a trustworthy contractor or team, they will act in your best interests when the unexpected arises. A shocking discovery in the midst of a remodel is what called us at Natural Science Exterminating to a site in Dana Point, Orange County, California.
What looked like old coffee grounds at the baseboards turned out to be the remnants of an active termite infestation. Luckily, this property owner had hired Inspired Remodels, who advised the client to invite us to inspect the site, remove the termites, and replace the damaged wood.
Does Removing Termites During A Remodel Require Demolition?
Whether you hire a remodeling contractor or do it yourself, it is incredibly important to call an exterminator as soon as you discover termites, even if it stalls your remodel. Termites are pests that cause billions of dollars of damage to homes across the country every year.
A demolition is sometimes the best approach for certain remodels in the same way that tent fumigation is sometimes the best solution for certain infestations. However, any credible professional will not opt for these methods purely as an easy fix, or purely for the sake of profit, if a more strategic and affordable option would be of better service.
Our client as well as the team at Inspired Remodels agreed not to do a full demolition. Both parties emphasized the importance of removing the termites and restoring the structural integrity in a complete and timely manner, so that the project could safely proceed. We collectively agreed on a strategic approach: termite removal spot treatment combined with wood replacement to ensure that all areas that had been infested and damaged would become good as new. Furthermore, this allowed the client to avoid unnecessarily spending time and money on a full demolition.
Spot removal preserves what is perfectly fine to keep. This approach notably requires a thorough inspection by experienced and discerning eyes to distinguish what can be preserved versus what must be treated and replaced. The latter is imperative for safety and prevention of further deterioration.
To replace the materials and structures that had been damaged, Inspired Remodels acted in the best interests of our mutual client by referring the job to us. A collaborative decision was made to hire Natural Science Exterminating’s carpenters, who have both the experience and training to detect and replace termite-infested wood. This decision allowed both sets of experts to ensure that the project was executed and completed to the highest standard of excellence for our respective services. Once our work was done, Inspired Remodels proceeded to perform excellent craftsmanship without any interference from pests.
When it comes to removing termites and treating damage on your property during construction, remodeling, or anything unexpected, you need an exterminator you can trust. Call Natural Science Exterminating to learn about our comprehensive pest control and management solutions.
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