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Tips to Help Prevent Termite Damage in Wood Windows in Mankato, Minnesota

Tips to Help Prevent Termite Damage in Wood Windows in Mankato, Minnesota

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 eliminate or decrease the opportunity for termites to get near your home. Here are a few suggestions from Pella Windows and Doors on how you can help decrease the chance 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 pathway to get to the house. Even more so for windows on the lower level, keep leaves, dirt and other brush away from the foundation and house.
  • Properly Vent Your Home – Termites also seek out water and moisture, so it’s critical to make certain your home, including small crawl spaces, are properly ventilated and encourage air to flow.
  • Clean Out Gutters – Stuffed gutters create pools of water that are also appealing to termites, and conveniently for the termites— are close to 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 create their colonies in the ground, making your home’s foundation their ideal chance to enter the home.
  • Protect Your Wood – Pella Mankato has EnduraGuard® wood protection which offers advanced 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 current 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 avert any damage, visit the Mankato showroom or set up an appointment online  to have one of our pros provide a free in-home consultation. You can call Pella Windows and Doors at 507-625-6933 to get started and make wood windows a reality in your home.

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