2022 Termite Damage Repair Costs: How Much Does Termite Damage Cost to Repair?

Kenneth Wilson

Termite infestations can leave significant damage to your home. Aside from the inconvenience, you will also need to spend considerable money on repair costs. In the United States, the cost of termite damage repairs adds up to 5 billion dollars each year. This translates to an average of $5,300 to repair any structural or cosmetic damage brought by termites.

Typically, fixing termite-damaged wood will have you remove or replace the damaged wood. The ballpark estimate above typically covers pulling out the drywall, replacing some wooden structures, and purchasing wood hardeners or a wood filler.

Repair Costs for Termite Damage

Fortunately, the sooner you deal with termite infestation– the less you'll spend on repair costs. If not, you are easily looking at thousands of dollars. Repairing structural damage will easily add up to $5,300 or more. Costs will vary depending on the treatment type, damage degree, and property location. (Related: Termite Treatment: A Cost & Consumer Guide)

Minor repairs (cosmetic) may only cost you a few hundred dollars. Meanwhile, more extensive damage brought by severe termite infestation (more than five years) will cost you thousands.

Homeowners who want to save on termite damage repair costs may opt for a regular termite inspection. This allows you to address the issue before it gets out of control.

2 Types of Termite Damage

Small Infestation Damage

This pertains to discoloration in the walls or on the floors. Termite tunnels can cause your hardwood floors to bend or buckle or the sheetrock to be discolored, and the paint chipped away. In most cases, repairs for cosmetic damage will only cost you a few hundred dollars.

Structural or Property Damage

This refers to a more extensive type of termite damage. When termites feast through structural beams and walls in your home, repairing this will be rather costly. Total costs will vary depending on the situation and extent of the damage, but you are looking at spending thousands of dollars in fixing structural repairs.

Extensive Termite Damage Repair Costs

Your termite repair project may uncover hidden problems, so ballpark estimates on the internet may not be accurate for your situation. Extreme cases of termite damage may cost as much as $125,000– significantly when termites damage the structural integrity of your home badly. When sills and floor joists are damaged, you will spend $200 per foot on support sills and $150 to replace joists.

We recommend hiring a termite exterminator with prior experience to get a more accurate upfront estimate. Every repair will be made to code, as they precisely know the post-damage inspection requirements.

What Kind of Damage Termites can do?

Let's look at the typical damage that termites can do to your property.

  • Wall Damage: Commonly, walls are prone to termite damage as it is one of their favorite habitats in the home. These pests may also thrive in other damp areas, wooden piles, and loose wooden lining.
  • Carpet Infestation: Many termites live in areas situated near wooden structures, but they also like to thrive in cellulose-based materials such as books, carpets, and frames. As termites commonly reproduce in the late spring and early summer, you may want to check under your carpet during this time frame for termites that may be giving birth. These are usually found at the edges spearing to the carpet, but these do not cause severe damage.
  • Foundation Damage: Termite damage is something you shouldn't take lightly, as it may cause severe damage to your home's foundation. In particular, Subterranean termites (the most prevalent termite type in the country) can leave extensive damage. To find food, these termites like to live underground. Any wooden underground or exposed gaps may invite termites to cause damage to your home's foundation. Repairing this damage will take some time, so expect the costs to be higher than average. 

How Do Specialists Fix the Damage Brought by Termites?

A termite specialist may fix any termite damage. However, repairing it may be difficult if you deal with compromised structural beams and other extensive damage. Here's how the pros usually handle termite damage repair:

  • Replacing the Damaged Wood Sections: In some cases, repairing termite damage can be as simple and cost-effective as putting wood support to the damaged wood. This method works for both non-structural and structural repairs. Note that repairs requiring structural support replacement can be rather tricky, given that you need to have adequate momentary support in the process.
  • Using Wood Hardeners: Your specialist may use wood hardeners to toughen the wooden structures and bridge any gaps for minimal termite damage. You can count on them to choose the suitable type of wooden hardener for the kind of wood. Some may also use a wood sealant to eliminate the oxygen supply for the surviving termites. This method will exterminate all the remaining termites in the colony. You can also think of this method as termite prevention, as you are less likely to deal with termite infestation problems in the future.
  • Use Termite Killer: Several pros may also use termite killer chemicals to repair termite damage in your home. This will require other tools, so it's best to prepare accordingly by doing your research.

How to Prevent Future Termite Damage

As the adage goes, prevention is better than cure. Here's how to protect yourself from breaking the bank in dealing with extensive termite damage repair costs.

Avoid Storing Wood in the Yard

Storing wood outside your home can easily invite termites. Always keep in mind that these pests gobble wood before you know it. So if you're planning to store wood, make sure it is appropriately stored and away from your home. Better yet, please place it in a fenced location.

Check Your Entire Home for Termite Activity Regularly

Perhaps the most important thing you can do to prevent residential termite damage is to have regular check-ups. Professional inspectors ensure that your property is free from any lingering termites.

Homeowners planning to buy a new property must ideally check the place for termite presence. You wouldn't want to make such a hefty investment, only to find the place is swarmed with termites. Remember that your homeowner’s insurance does not cover termite damage repair costs. So, purchase wisely! (Related: Does Homeowners' Insurance Cover Termite Damage? We Help You Figure Out)

Lessen Touching Base Between Soil and Wood

Termites are known to build tunnels to access food sources and moisture areas in your home. So if you lessen the touching base of your home’s wooden structures and the soil, you can block their path effectively.

Take Appropriate Precautions

As much as possible, avoid taking wood home unless you ensure it has been treated accordingly to off-ramp termites. Another thing you can do is to ensure all vents are clear so dry air can circulate inside well. Regularly airing out your attics, basements, and crawl spaces may also help.

Other Effective Ways to Prevent Termite Damage

  • Keep all the shrub borders near where you clipped them.
  • Redirect water away from your property by ensuring you have adequate downspouts, drainages, and splash blocks.
  • Always reduce (or eliminate) excessive moisture indoors and outdoors
  • Repair your faulty AC unit or leaky water pipes/faucets as soon as possible

Termite Treatment or Prevention Costs

With all things considered, repairing termite damage can be rather expensive. You should know how much you need to set aside for termite infestation repair. But, it's more important that you always keep an eye out for any signs of termite activity in your home.

The sooner you diagnose and address a residential termite problem, the better it is for your budget and family's well-being. If you want to protect yourself from extensive termite damage repair costs, invest in regular preventative measures and professional assessments.

You'll find it less expensive than paying the professional repair bills brought by a full-blown infestation.

Kenneth Wilson
March 23, 2022
Cost Guides, Interior

Kenneth Wilson

Retired contractor. Currently residing in Southwest Florida. Now in semi-retirement, I write and manage this blog focused on helping home owners make savvy decisions when it comes to finding contractors and getting their projects done. I also operate remodeling design service for homeowners.

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