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How to Protect your Home against Fungus and Termites that can happen from all the Rain and Flooding!

Part Two.

By Glenn Workman, PESTOUT Owner and Veteran

In our previous blog, How to Protect your Home against Fungus and Termites that can happen from all the Rain and Flooding! Part One, we talked about the moisture caused by rain and flooding. At Pestout, we feel it’s important for both homeowners and business owners to prepare and protect their property. Moisture that gets into the wood and under your home or building creates fungus and attracts termites.

So what can you do?

The obvious answer to this question is to keep your home as dry as possible. Of course, when a storm strikes, there’s no easy way to do this. However, we do have some tips for what you can do to keep your house dry. We can also help you figure out what to do if moisture still gets in and how often you should have it inspected.

Tips

  1. For starters, you should clean out down spouts and gutters on a regular basis. This will prevent excess flooding. It will also keep fungus and termites away.
  2. You should make sure your kitchen and bathroom appliances are fully sealed and leak-free. Always keep an eye out for damaged pipes, and fix them right away.
  3. After storms, inspect any problem areas for signs of water damage or leakage. Taking these precautions and keeping your home up to code will limit damage during a hurricane.
  4. Consider purchasing a restoration moisture meter. This meter will help you identify areas of your house that are letting water in. That way, you can fix them before the hurricane causes further damage.
Wood Decay Fungus

What if my home experiences water damage?

After a storm, your moisture meter can help you calculate the water damage to your home. You should definitely still photograph and record all the damage you notice. But installing a water meter prior to a storm is an extra precaution. In fact, it can help you get the most money back from your insurance.

After documenting the damages, you may be eager to get a head start on repairs. You should proceed cautiously. Before making any repairs, you should hire restoration experts to inspect your home. They can identify any excess moisture that’s still lurking after the storm. Before rebuilding or painting anything, it’s important to eliminate this moisture. Otherwise, you’ll find fungus and termites invading your home before long.

Flooding from Rain and Storms is not going away!

Hurricanes and Nor’Easters can be extremely devastating for coastal communities like Hampton Roads. We live in a region that experiences storm throughout the year. As a result, we often see images of fallen trees and rooftops in shambles. Even if the rain, floods and storm surge seem threatening, you can still protect your home. With the tips listed above, you can keep your home dry and document water damage. You can even protect yourself from fungus and termites!

Glenn Workman, owner of Pestout, has over 25 years experience in the business. Pestout is a local, family, and veteran owned pest control company, dedicated to delivering the most comprehensive pest, termite and fungus control services throughout Hampton Roads. Call us today to schedule an inspection or treatment. Pestout services the Hampton Roads cities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Newport News, Hampton, Yorktown, Poquoson, Smithfield, Seaford, Gloucester, Toano and Williamsburg. Your children and pets are important to us, so safety is of the utmost importance. We will treat your property and environment as if it is our own.

Call PESTOUT for a free pest inspection today. (757) 814-2923

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