How to Fix Termite Damage

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Termites can cause unseen damage to your house. They especially like fresh wood, but they will devour older wood if nothing else is available. Prime targets are the studs in your walls and the trusses in your roof. Usually by the time you notice the damage, it is already substantial. Several steps can be taken to fix termite damage. Let's look at some.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood-penetrating sealer and hardener
  • Brush
  • Screwdriver
  • Chisel
  • Wood putty
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Hammer
  • Handsaw or circular saw
  • Hacksaw
  • Wood
  • If only small trails from the termites are visible, apply a substance to the wood that seals and hardens it. Several products are available commercially, such as Minwax High Performance Wood Hardener, that penetrate into the wood, not just sit on top.

  • Use a screwdriver or chisel to remove the damaged part, if most of the piece of wood can be saved.

  • Put screws into the damaged area to support wood filler.

  • Fill the damaged area with wood filler. Allow it to dry, and then sand it to the shape of the board.

  • Paint the repaired area to match surrounding wood.

  • Remove the damaged wood if the damage is too great to save it. Use a hammer and wood chisel, handsaw or circular saw or a hacksaw, depending on the size of the wood and its location.

  • Cut new piece or pieces of wood to fit into the space left by the damaged wood.

  • Hammer or screw the new wood into place. Add additional pieces of wood to brace it, if necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the damaged wood is a weight-bearing piece, replacing it should be left to a professional.

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