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Over the years, most people put in a certain amount of physical effort, to make their home a better place to live, and increase its value. This could be something as simple as painting, or as complex as renovating a basement. This type of physical endeavour is known as sweat equity, because it involves using physical effort to help increase the value of a property.

The problem with sweat equity is that it can be seriously undermined if you have a problem with pests in your home. This is why regular pest control checks are so important, and why you need to deal with pests quickly if they do invade your home. Here are some of the ways that pests can be a threat to your sweat equity.

Eating away at untreated decking

Installing an area of decking on your property can be a very satisfying thing to do, and it’s a great way of adding value. If you decide to do this, you need to ensure that you use only timber that has been pre-treated. If you do not do so, you are more likely to experience problems with termites.

Making the most of an open chimney

Experiencing the enchanting cosy atmosphere that a real fire conveys is currently very popular. In order to have a real fire in your home, you need to install a stovepipe or flue, so that the smoke is able to escape. The problem is that this can also act as an access point for pests, if you let it. The best way to stop this from happening is to place a chimney cap on top of the chimney.

Destroying new wiring

Wiring your home is a complicated process, and one that you will often need professional help with. Whether, you do some of the electrical work yourself, or you hire a professional to do everything, you do not want the results to be destroyed by pests. The destruction of wiring by pests such as rats can prove very costly, if your home goes on fire as a result.

Using bushes and trees as a springboard

Expensive work, such as repairing or replacing a roof, can be seriously undermined if you do not cut back trees and bushes that surround your home. Leaving extended branches in place creates a perfect springboard for pests that can eat away at the structure of the roof on your property.

Breeding in pools of moisture

Having trees and bushes close to your home can also lead to leaves causing pools of water to form, when they fall and gather. These pools provide a perfect breeding ground for pests such as mosquitos. They also attract destructive pests such as termites.

You can see that pests can have an adverse effect on your sweat equity. If you do not want this to happen, it’s worth having your home inspected for pests on a regular basis. You must also deal with any pest problems straight away, and not delay your action.

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