How to Hide Termite Damage

Termite damage can be a huge problem, particularly for those people looking to sell their home.

While many try and go for a quick-fix solution, such as shifting appliances over the wood or giving the damaged area a quick paint job, this will not fool any new tenants for long. If you are looking to hide termite damage until you have the cash to get it repaired properly, he best thing is to cover it up with new wood.

Make sure that there are no termites left in the damaged wood. Use bug killer to eliminate any remaining termites before attempting any cover-up or repair job.

Use a chisel to scrape away dead wood from the termite-damaged area. If it is a thick structural beam, and there is enough good wood left for it to still be effective, fill up the damaged areas with wood hardener. Give it time to dry, sand any rough edges using sandpaper and paint the beam to hide any signs of termite damage.

Cut replacement pieces of wood if the termite damage is more extensive. For a supporting beam, it is best to cut another beam and bracket it to what is left of the existing support, using nails and screws, and then paint both beams to hide the damage as best you can.

Replace any other termite-damaged wood. Wooden flooring that has been eaten should be pulled up and replaced with new boards. Again, make sure there are no termites in the flooring before you put down new wood.

Things You Will Need

  • Wood
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Chisel
  • Saw
  • Wood hardener
  • Sandpaper
  • Bug killer

About the Author

John Jackman has been freelance writing since 2009. His work has been published in the globally distributed magazine "Media & Marketing" and on several industry-leading websites, including Cream, Brand-E and EMMA. Jackman studied English literature and drama at Brunel University in London.