If you suddenly see termites in your bathroom, you may think that you have an infestation on your hands. But before you call an exterminator, check your bathroom for water damage instead. Sometimes, a busted plumbing pipe in the bathroom can leak or seep water into the flooring, walls and ceiling. Because some termite species obtain the water they need through wood, the bathroom's moist foundation is the perfect food source. Water restoration services can repair or replace your damaged wood, which may get rid of the termites. Here's what happens during your water restoration services.
Locate and Remove the Damaged Wood
You won't solve your termite problem until water restoration contractors locate and remove the damaged wood in your bathroom. The first step of this process is to examine the walls of your bathroom. If you have water damage, the walls will look bubbled or warped in places. The paint may even peel from the wall.
However, if tile covers your bathroom's walls, the contractors will need to look deeper into the situation. When bathroom tile pulls loose from the wall, cracks or develops mold and mildew, you may think that it's time to replace it. But these issues can also indicate a water leak, especially if the problems occur around the baseboards of the tile.
The restoration contractors can detect water damage by noting the signs above. In many cases, excessive mold growth on the tile and baseboards that won't go away no matter how you clean or treat it is a big sign of water damage. Mold grows best in areas with a constant water source.
Once the contractors find the damaged foundation, they can remove it and proceed to the next steps in the water restoration project.
Locate the Leaking Water and Repair the Busted Pipeline
Unless the water restoration contractors offer plumbing services, you should contact a plumber to do the next step in your bathroom's restoration. Repairing a busted pipeline isn't easy because the work can be time-consuming and frustrating.
Most bathroom plumbing lines are made of copper or some other type of metal. The metal requires you to cut or solder into them to remove the damaged piece, which can take a while if you don't use the correct tools. In addition, you must have the supplies, such as couplings, to connect the ends together precisely.
A plumbing specialist will get the job done faster, which keeps your water restoration contractors on track for the third step in the project.
Replace the Damaged Wood
After the plumber repairs your busted pipe, the water restoration team can replace the damaged wood. You may choose use engineered wood paneling in your bathroom. Engineered wood is more resistant to moisture and potential termite damage than lumber and other types of wood.
In addition, engineered wood works great for flooring and wall repairs. You can always install new tile over the wood if the damages occurred in the shower or bath area.
What You Can Do Yourself
Once the water restoration contractors complete the work, you can do a few things yourself to ensure that you avoid pipeline leaks and termites in the future. For instance:
Remove Old Wood That May Contain Termites From Your Yard
Inspect your property for signs of termites each spring and summer. Termites can live old wooden furniture, dead trees and many other items that contain wood. Remove any wooden structures from around the home to keep termites out of your home.
Inspect Your Plumbing
If you notice higher water bills each month or excessive mold growth in your bathroom, contact a plumber for services right away. You want to stop the problems you previously experienced before they damage your bathroom's foundation again.
Treat Your Home for Termites
Even after removing and replacing the damaged wood, termites can move to other areas of your home. Have a pest control company treat the wood in your home immediately after your water damage restoration repairs. Go to sites for more information from professionals.
If you need additional information or answers about water restoration treatment and termites, contact your contractors for more details.