Posts Tagged ‘slabs’
Incredible story of those crafty termites.
As good as you may think you are, termites are probably better! What’s that you say, no way. Termites have been working out their problems over the last 250 million years and what do we do but build houses (wood) right on top of their homes. If you give them an inch they will certainly take it and that is evident of the picture posted below.
You never know how or where they will enter a home and you almost have to play detective to understand and eventually solve the problem. So be prepared to investigate and you will be rewarded with the clues to solve the dilemma for the customer.
Termites and your slab of concrete!
So what happens when a pipe burst underneath your slab under your home? Well something like this picture above, no not the giant hole, the customer or the plumber dug this out. The point I want to make is that when you alter the slab it is very important to treat the soil beneath the concrete for termites. Sometimes if you fail to treat it may void your termite warranty. I also like to treat this while it’s in a state of repair and before you put tile or wood floor on it. I hate to mess up tile or wood floors with drill holes.
Every once in awhile even the Mighty Seth hits a pipe!
OK I give Seth a hard time but he is the backbone of this great organization called ProBest Pest Management. Seth is an outstanding and excellent termite treater, lead technician, trainer and over all a Quality person.
We probably hit two each year, we dig them out and wait for the plumber and then repair and patch.
Seth is one of the hardest working people that I know, he is honest and sincere, an Eagle Scout and is willing to do just about anything to solve a problem. He goes out of the way to satisfy our customers with their pest issues. I’m glad each day that he works for ProBest – Thanks Seth.
Before you replace the floor, treat for termites. (Yesterdays answer on picture – magnified picture of wasp nest….)
So you decide its time to replace that old flooring in your home and as you take up the old floor you discover damage and concrete cracks. Now is the time to call your termite experts because and trust me on this one you don’t want to put down the floor and then discover you need it treated. This will destroy or at the very least make the new flooring look terrible. Here is some damage from termites and some water damage, I don’t know which came first but my guess is the termites.
Nothing worse in my mind than having to drill grout lines in stone tile, because no matter how good you are it will never look as good as new. So please take a moment and think it through, treat the concrete and then lay the new floor. It will save you money in the long run and more importantly the aggravation of knowing where those drill holes are. Because your mind will focus on those marks, trust me.