Termites feed on wood and can damage the structural system of your home. There are several types of termites, some live underground and others live above ground on wood and other structures. In the midwest, homeowners fight subterranean termites. Damage can cause a major problem and expense if untreated.

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Structural Damage by Termites

termite-damage-home-inspection-kansas-cityTermites pose a serious risk to the structure of your home. Many times damage from termites is not covered by insurance policies, which makes the need for termite inspection even greater. We've seen interior and exterior termite damage to walls, siding, trim, and baseboards. We've seen sagging ceilings, decayed walls and traces of termites in the foundation of homes. Windows, roofs, attics, closets, stone masonry, chimneys - no area is immune to termites, even if it's not built with wood.

Identifying Termite Damage

Termite damage or infestation can be identified through visually inspecting the home for:

  • Mud tubes. These are often found on foundation walls and floor joists and about the size of a pencil.
  • Hollowed wood. Knocking on a baseboard, siding, trim, etc. will indicate if the wood has been hollowed out.
  • Wrinkled or sunken wall coverings can indicate termites are crawling beneath them.

Should You Buy a Home with Termites?

For some termites may be a "deal breaker," but it's important to remember termite damage is common many homes around Kansas City. And it's easily repair-able.

In the event we find termites during your inspection, you can negotiate with the seller and have the damage repaired as part of your inspection contingency. Termite damage is typically simple to repair, and won't negatively impact the long-term value of the home if fixed.


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