A beach style or elevated home is a type of construction that you will see when you live in the East Cooper area. Elevated homes are usually built on block or brick piers. Homes near the beach may even be built on wooden pilings. The home is raised about 8-10 feet off the ground. The great advantage with this type of home is that you have a beautiful “birds eye” ocean or marsh view.

People often feel that a subterranean termite inspection or treatment is unnessary with a home that sits 8-10 feet above the ground. We have found in many cases a ground based infestation of subterranean termites is more common than people may think. Subterranean termites enter the structure by creating shelter tubes on piers, pipes, and lattice work. Sometimes they go unnoticed by working their way 10 feet up a hollow block wall or behind brick veneer. Many elevated homes are built with large decorative wooden lattice panels for an appealing appearance. Wooden lattice panels that touch the ground create a “bridge” to the rest of your home’s wooden structure. Subterranean termites will eat their way from the ground to your substructure causing damage along the way. We suggest cutting all wooden lattice panels several inches above the soil to help protect your home.

If you have any questions about protecting your elevated home from subterranean termites please give East Cooper Termite and Pest Solutions a call.