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How Termites Damage Your Home from the Inside Out

Termites are perfectly fine when they help recycle dead tree stumps and branches in the forest. In fact, they are better than fine. Their eating habits help clear out dead trees so that new ones can grow in their place, and their waste fertilizes the soil. The problem occurs when termites mistake your patio, attic, […]

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Which Termites Are Actually Destroying Your Home?

If you close your eyes and image a termite in your mind, chances are you are thinking of one specific caste of termite – the worker termite. That’s because worker termites make up the vast majority of any termite colony. They are in charge of building and repairing the tunnels of the colony, so if […]

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September Swarming Season for Drywood Termites Is Here

San Diego is blessed with year-round gorgeous weather. Unfortunately some blessings also have a downside. San Diego’s temperate weather also makes it an inviting home for three different termite species: subterranean, drywood, and dampwood termites. Each different type of termite has its own characteristics, including its own swarming schedule. As September approaches, it is time […]

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Why should Wood Repairs be Completed Prior to a Fumigation

Have you ever heard about a fumigator falling through the roof as they were putting the tarp on for a fumigation? Weak and unstable roof sheathing can cause a fumigator to fall through the roof and cause serious injury. This is one reason it is a good idea to have wood repairs completed prior to […]

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How Wood Rot Could be Silently Damaging Your Home During the June Gloom Season

Water is one of your home’s greatest enemies. As we move into the “June Gloom” season, which often brings higher levels of humidity, it’s important to recognize where water could be sneaking into your home. In past articles, we’ve discussed how water can collect on your roof and deck, leading to destructive (and expensive) wood […]

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How to Clean, Seal, and Stain Your Wood Deck for Summer

Summer is coming, which means your BBQ grill will probably be working hard on the weekends, and your deck will see plenty of foot traffic. Is your deck looking a little dull and bleached? It’s probably time for a good clean and a reapplication of a sealer. Cleaning and sealing your deck on an annual […]

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May Is Deck Safety Month – Is Your Deck at Risk of a Collapse?

A well-built deck should be a fun and enjoyable part of your home; a place to host family barbeques, curl up with a good book on a cool morning, or watch the sun set in the evening. Unfortunately, even though your deck feels sturdy under your feet, it may not be as safe as you […]

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How to Find Wood Rot in Your Home

What do your window sills, patio, and front door have in common? They may all be made out of wood. In fact, wood is probably a primary component throughout your entire house, and all of this wood is vulnerable to wood rot. Wood rot is dangerous, not only because it disintegrates wooden structures over time, […]

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Five Roof Defects That Could Cause Wood Rot This El Nino Season

Here in San Diego we are smack dab in the middle of one of the most intense El Nino storm seasons in our weather history. Surely you’ve noticed the now common pitter-patter of rainfall on your roof at night or how often you have to flick on your windshield wipers when driving to work. All […]

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How to Protect the Exterior of Your House From Wood Rot During This Crazy El Nino Season

The normally chipper weathermen and women on the local San Diego news channels have been banging the drums of war for the last few months. “El Nino is coming!” they’ve cried. And so it has come, drenching San Diego in buckets of rainfall that doesn’t show any sign of letting up. This super storm system […]

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