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Protecting Your Home From Termites

The Seawell Firm, LLC  Nov. 28, 2023

As a team of legal professionals and estate planners who've seen the havoc termites can wreak on properties, we understand the distress these little insects can cause homeowners like yourself. We know how hard you've worked to turn your house into a home, and it's our mission to help protect that investment.  

At The Seawell Firm, LLC, our attorney has extensive experience with termite damage claims. If you have any questions or concerns, we are here to help. Our office in Mobile, Alabama, works with residents of Baldwin County, Mobile County, Daphne, Fairhope, and throughout the state. 

Read on to collect valuable information on how to safeguard your home from termite infestations, minimize the risk of damage, and what to do if your home is already under attack. 

How to Prevent Termites

Preventing termite infestation can save your home from serious structural damage. Use the following as a checklist to help protect your home from these pests: 

Reducing soil-to-wood contact around your property 

  • Clear away any lumber, wood, mulch, paper, or cardboard from around your foundation. 

  • Firewood should be stacked at least 20 feet away from your home and kept off the ground. 

  • To create a barrier between mulch and your home, keep wooden siding at least 6 inches above the soil.  

  • If you have a wooden fence, regularly check for rotted or infested wood and consider using termite-proof paint or stain.  

  • It's also a good idea to hire a termite prevention professional to apply treatment to your home. 


  • Keep plants, particularly shrubs, and grass, well-trimmed, and at least 12 inches away from the exterior walls of your house.  

  • Opt for pine needles as mulch as they can deter subterranean termites, or use non-organic materials like pea gravel.  

Proper moisture control   

  • Make sure your storm drains empty a few feet away from the foundation. 

  • Check for water leaks in your roofing and plumbing.  

  • Do anything you can to direct condensation away from your home. 

Removing potential termite food sources 

  • Dispose of dead trees, rotting wood, and tree stumps promptly.  

  • Avoid hoarding newspapers, cardboard boxes, and other paper products in your home. Recycle these items or store them on the upper levels of your home.  

  • Seal gaps and cracks around water and gas lines. Use stainless steel mesh for larger gaps. 

  • Patch any cracks in your home's foundation. 

Should I Get Termite Damage Insurance?

Termites are a homeowner's worst nightmare. These tiny critters can munch through a pound of wood a day, silently causing major damage before you even spot the first sign of their presence. Termite damage insurance can be the ultimate safety net, offering financial protection against the unexpected costs of termite infestations and the ensuing damage. Yes, it's an additional expense, but when weighed against the potential costs of termite damage, it's a worthwhile investment. And remember, it's not just about protecting your property—it's about safeguarding your peace of mind too. 

How Much Damage Can Termites Really Cause?

Termites might be small, but the damage they can inflict is anything but. A mature termite colony can consume up to a pound of wood per day, causing significant structural issues that can necessitate costly repairs. The extent of termite damage hinges on factors such as the size of the colony, the duration of infestation, and the type of termites present. They can hollow out wood, create tunnels, and cause sagging floors, warped walls, and in severe cases, even collapse. Furniture, cabinets, and other wooden items aren't safe either. 

These tiny pests can also have significant health implications for those living in infested houses. For starters, termite infestations can create a stressful living environment. Constantly worrying about your home can lead to heightened stress levels and anxiety, which can take a toll on your overall health and well-being. 

In addition to the mental toll, termites can also trigger physical health issues. Some people are sensitive to insect allergens, and an infestation can induce allergic reactions or exacerbate asthma symptoms. Symptoms can range from mild, such as sneezing and itching, to severe, like difficulty breathing and chest tightness. 

In short, while the primary concern with termites is often the potential for property damage, we can't overlook the potential health impacts on residents. As your trusted legal advisors, we're here to help guide you through these challenges. It's important to act promptly at the first sign of a termite infestation, not just to protect your home, but also to safeguard the health and well-being of you and your loved ones. 

What to Do if You Have Termites

If you suspect or have confirmed a termite infestation, it's crucial to act quickly. Contact a professional termite control company — they can assess the extent of the infestation and recommend the most effective treatment options. Depending on the severity of the infestation, the termite control company may propose liquid termiticides, baiting systems, or fumigation. Ensure you follow their instructions and schedule necessary follow-up treatments. 

Once the termites have been eliminated, it's essential to repair any damage they have caused. This could involve replacing damaged wood, reinforcing weakened structures, and addressing any moisture issues that contributed to the infestation. And always remember to implement preventive measures to minimize the risk of future infestations. After all, prevention is always better than cure, especially when it comes to protecting your home from termites. 

Keep in mind that a termite damage attorney can also help you navigate any legal disputes that may arise as a result of the termite infestation. They can assist with assessing the extent of damage and determining liability, whether it be from a previous home inspection or a misleading advertisement about the property's condition. 

Learn How We Can Help You Protect Your Home

At The Seawell Firm, LLC, our lawyer is dedicated to providing solutions for all your real estate needs. Based in Mobile, Alabama, we understand the importance of protecting your home, and we're here to help you through every step of the process. From prevention to treatment and legal guidance, we've got you covered.  

Together, we can help you protect your home and ensure your peace of mind. Don't wait until it's too late – contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you safeguard your most valuable asset.