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Termite infestations in homes are unfortunate circumstances that happen to nearly every property owner at one time or another. These blind, tiny and nearly transparent wriggling insects are able to make their way into a home by way of the soil, through a tree that touches the roofing material, or when other infested materials are brought into the residence. Homeowners in southern areas of the United States should become familiar with the signs of termite infestations in their roofs so that they can arrange for prompt repairs by an experienced Jacksonville roofing service.

Sagging is one of the first signs that homeowners are likely to notice when there is a termite infestation in the home's roof. The sag may be evident in the home's interior, often on an upper level of the residence. Sags are often located near features that connect with the roofing system, such as a chimney, skylight or a gas or air vent opening. The sag develops because the rafters and joists between the rooftop and the drywall or plaster of the ceiling have been compromised by the activities of the termites. When the rafters and beams are no longer able to support the heft of the roofing materials or ceiling, the sag occurs.

Another piece of evidence suggestive of the presence of termites is buckling.

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The buckling may be seen from inside or outside the house. A buckled ceiling or roof typically develops along the edges or perimeter areas of a room or the structure. Buckling takes place because the support beams of the roof were chewed up by the termites and are no longer able to provide structural support.

Homeowners may also notice strange signs such as bubbling or lumps on their ceilings, walls or floors. Termites that have already chewed through the roof and have tunneled into the wall or ceiling of the household will leave telltale trails of their activities. The insects create tubes as they eat through the wood and other organic building materials. The creation of these tubes causes the paint on walls to bubble or form ridges and lumpy spots.

When termite activity in a home's roof has progressed to a full on infestation, they will leave piles of frass behind in their wake. Frass looks like little piles of sawdust. A homeowner who sees frass in the attic or around window or door frames, baseboards of the walls or along the flooring should suspect termites and have a thorough inspection performed at the home.

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