3 Hard to Fix Conducive Conditions

In our last 2 articles we talked about the how the best Ways to Reduce Termite Risk involve removing conducive conditions. So, if you haven’t read those articles, first follow the link here for the first article and here for the second to get caught up.

In this article we’ll be continuing our discussion by examining 3 tough to fix conducive conditions and how to rectify them, therefore reducing the risk of future infestation from wood destroying insects like termites and increasing the probability of a smooth home buying transaction.

These conditions are called tough because for most people and even some skilled DIY-ers, the fixes for these conditions will require more effort or time than they want to spend or fall into the “just hire a pro” category because of the knowledge, and skill required to do them. Some, unfortunately can’t be completely removed and therefore require preventative treatments which require a certified applicator’s licence to perform. That being said, finding, knowing about, and understanding these conditions is a big step towards fixing them. So, let’s dive in.

First on our list today is one of the most deceptive conducive conditions. Foundation corner cracks that extend into the soil. Corner cracks don’t usually pose a threat to the performance of the foundation or structure, however, because of the way the homes are built, they can create a clear path straight to the home’s framing when they’re wide enough and extend into the soil. Many termites are only 1 or 2 millimeters tall meaning that they can fit through some very small cracks. So, sealing corner cracks, not just on the outside but all the way through the crack can stop this potential direct access.

Poor attic and crawl-space ventilation is a conducive condition many people would consider calling a pro to remedy. Poor ventilation increases moisture in an area by trapping humid air, constantly high humidity will take the moisture content of the wood in an area. Wood destroying insects like termites prefer moist wood over dry wood because it is easier for them to eat and/or bore through. The good thing is that increasing the number or size of the vents in an attic or crawlspace increases ventilation, reduces moisture build up and the likelihood of attracting termites.

Slab joints are a less common conducive condition simply because most homes do not have additions. However, when they do have an addition to the first floor this normally means there is a break between the original foundation and the new extension called a slab joint. Similar to deep corner cracks, these joints even when very small, can allow direct access to framing. Current building technology doesn’t yet allow for seamless slab foundation additions meaning these are normally not avoidable during a home expansion or room addition. So, unfortunately, regular preventative treatments are the only way to “clear” this conducive condition.

If you, a friend, or client are buying a home and worried that it might have conducive conditions and want to know how to get rid of them Panther Inspections can add a termite inspection to our home inspections so our clients get valuable knowledge on the current condition of the home including information concerning wood destroying insects. They walk away with a next plan of action and contacts for the correct, trusted contractors to call who can help remove conducive conditions quickly for those who can’t or don’t want to do it themselves.