Are you thinking of buying a home in Toronto? Whether it’s an older home or a new construction, termites are always something you should be aware of.
Termites are as small as ants and white in colour. You ordinarily wouldn’t be able to see them with the naked eye as they tend to hide in the wood framing, foam insulation and dirt or mud that is under or surrounding your home. But be aware, it’s not only homes with wood exteriors that get termites! They can easily access your home from concrete blocks or cracks in your foundation as well as vents and windows.
In addition to a home inspection when buying a new home, always make sure to ask your agent about any termite history. As well, asking the current owner about any pre-existing warranties is fundamental as they can be transferred easily to you as the new owner and it will protect you with any legal issues that may arise in the future.
It’s important to make sure your home is safe from termites as they can cause extensive damage to the structure of your home and most insurance companies will not cover the damage.
Some signs you should suspect termites in your home:
- Damage around windows.
- Damage to any wood in or around your home.
- Crumbling foam insulation.
- Thin mounds of mud that extend several feet (more so in basement).
- Spotting of ‘flying ants’ or piles or wings.
Some ways to prevent termites:
- Have a regular pest inspection done on your home.
- Do not keep firewood anywhere near your home.
- Keep all vents screened.
- Keep water flow away from your home.
- Fill in all cracks on exterior brick or concrete.
- Do not transport plants or soil from other homes.
- Before buying, get a home inspection.
Termites are an ongoing problem in almost every neighbourhood throughout the city of Toronto and they’re spreading out to the suburban areas as well! Rumour has it that they arrived in Toronto in 1938 from the city harbour. It’s said that they were transported by the cargo ships arriving from the United States. So they have been around for years and they won’t be leaving anytime soon. Protect yourself and your home!
Are you interested in learning more about termite damage and what it can do to your home? Give us a call we’d be happy to help 416-572-1380!