A bathroom renovation is a must if you notice that you’re suffering from termite damage. If you don’t tackle this problem as soon as possible, you whole home may be in danger of collapsing. Here are some of the steps that you’ll want to take in order to get things back on track after a termite infestation.
Break It Down
Demolition becomes vitally important because you need to ensure that you understand the extent of the damage in order to prevent further damage. This means that you may need to gut your bathroom down to the studs. Having to undertake this type of renovation also gives you a chance to reevaluate the functionality of your bathroom. You can reorganize things more easily because everything is exposed and can be redone without having to worry about making minor repairs.
Once you’ve uncovered the extent of the termite damage, it’s time to undergo termite treatment. You want to protect your home from any further intrusions. What will need to be done in this process will depend on how the termites were able to gain entry into your home. It also tends to involve the use of pesticides that will last for several years in the affected area. Taking these steps ensures that you aren’t wasting your efforts renovating your bathroom.
When termite removal is complete, you’ll need to assess the amount of damage that was done to the structure of your home. This could mean that you’ll need to replace the studs that comprise your walls. There may even be damage that extends past the bathroom. How you handle this will depend on the amount of wood that the termites consumed. Repairing all of this damage is an important part of laying a solid groundwork for the renovation that you want to complete.
Get Back to Basics
As with any bathroom renovation, getting back to the basics includes improving the function of the space. This could mean that you leave the existing fixtures in place in order to save some money. Going with waterproof materials that will match the style of the rest of your home will give you a good place to start. Tile or vinyl are good choices for the floor. You may also want to consider tiling some of the walls in order to get a lasting finish.
Termites are extremely damaging to the integrity of your home. Use these tips to get your bathroom back into shape following a termite infestation.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan