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Here is an example of the damage that termites can do to your home if left unchecked. A 2002 CSIRO (Australia’s National Science Research Agency) report stated that through a home’s entire lifetime, about two in three homes will be affected at some point. Additionally, each home has about an 80% chance of being located within 25 metres of a termite colony, adding to your risk.
You can’t count on termite infestations never happening to you – the odds simply aren’t in your favour. Because termite damage largely affects timber features, an infestation can easily weaken the supports and framing that keep the structure of your house intact.
In order to fix this damage, the contractor would have to evaluate the extent of the damage, tear down walls or even pull up the flooring to access the supporting structure & replace any damaged beams. The costs of these repairs can easily run into thousands of dollars; they can be disruptive and take a long time to complete.