If you’ve spotted dry rot in your crawl space or any other space in your home, you may be tempted to ignore it. However, this will only result in worse problems. This is because rot can attract termites, which will cause even more damage to the wood and your home’s structure.
The Problem with Termites
Termites are one of the worst home invaders. They have no shared interest with humans. They live completely separate lives from those occupying the structure of the home. They don’t interfere with our lives at all. They aren’t interested in our food, pets or bodies. Their only interest is wood.
The problem with termites is that it is difficult to know when they have invaded your home. A termite invasion can go unnoticed for years on end. Many people only realize that there is a termite invasion when it is too late.
Rot and Termites
Termites are attracted to wood for one reason; it is rich in cellulose. Dry rot makes accessing this cellulose even easier for termites. The presence of rot therefore makes wood even more attractive to the termites and therefore is often a precursor for a termite invasion even in homes that have had treatment in the past.
If you notice a termite infestation, there may be more at play than insects. Treating and repairing the structure of your home may not be enough to ensure long term safety. If your structure is exposed to moisture and has rot, the termite infestation is likely to occur once again.
It is therefore important to have your entire home inspected for termites and rot. Getting rid of the rot and correcting the underlying moisture problems will go a long way in ensuring that your home remains termite free for the long term.
The following are some basic ways to eliminate moisture from your home and therefore keep rot and termites away:
- Ensure proper grading of your landscape to keep water flowing away from the foundation
- Clean your gutters and drains regularly to ensure that they work properly
- Repair leaking pipes and other utilities that run through your crawl space
- Invest in encapsulation of your crawl space. This will keep moisture out of your crawl space and ensure a dry and rot free space for many years to come.