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Tips to Help Prevent Termite Damage in Wood Windows in Des Moines, IA

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There’s no question that wood windows can add warmth and help increase the visual aesthetics in your home. One problem homeowners have with wood windows is the chance for termite damage. Termites get most of their nutrition from wood, which can cause homeowners a lot of issues when it comes to structural damage.

So what can you do to help prevent termite damage?

The best way to help prevent termite damage is to remove or decrease the opportunity for termites to get in the immediate area of your home. Here are a few tips from Pella Windows and Doors on how you can help reduce the possibility of termite infestation.

  • Keep Brush Away From Your House – Try to keep the ground area around your house free of any brush or rotting wood. Termites will use this as a path to get to the house. Especially for windows on the lower level, keep leaves, dirt and other brush away from the foundation and house.
  • Properly Vent Your Home – Termites also search for water and moisture, so it’s crucial to ensure your home, including small crawl spaces, are correctly ventilated and allow air to flow.
  • Clean Out Gutters – Clogged gutters create pools of water that are also appealing to termites, and conveniently for the termites— are nearby the home­­. Make sure you don’t have standing water or leaves and sticks in your gutters.
  • Fix Foundation Cracks – Seal up or fill any cracks in the foundation of your home. Many termites develop their colonies in the ground, making your home’s foundation their best chance to get in to the home.
  • Protect Your Wood – Pella Des Moines has EnduraGuard® wood protection which offers innovative protection against the effects of moisture, decay, stains from mold and mildew – as well as termite damage.
  • Call a Professional – Pest control firms can look at your home for any present termite infestations or damage, and install the right protection system for your home.

If you want more information on wood windows and what steps you should take to help prevent any damage, visit the Des Moines showroom or set up an appointment online  to have one of our experts give you a free in-home consultation. You can call Pella Windows and Doors at 515-219-7723 to get started and make wood windows a reality in your home.