May Home Maintenance To-Do List

Danny Lipford inspecting a home for termites.
Danny Lipford inspecting a home for termites.

To-Do #6: Inspect House for Termites

The warmer months of spring and summer are a good time to check around and under your house for termites, since they’re more active and easier to spot. Termite damage, though, can be occur at any time, so grab a flashlight and head outside and into your basement or crawlspace to look for evidence of termite infestation.

Look for damaged wood framing, termite tubes on exterior foundation walls, and the insects themselves. Pay particular attention to areas where wood meets the ground, such as around the foundation perimeter of your home where siding may contact soil or mulch.

To help prevent termites:

    • Keep the foundation exposed around the entire perimeter of your house. Avoid piling mulch, soil, firewood, or anything else up against the sides of your home.
    • Don’t store wood and cellulose-based materials (such as paper and cardboard) in a basement, crawlspace, or near your home’s foundation.
  • Keep your basement or crawlspace as dry as possible, since moisture creates a welcoming environment for termites.


  1. I was wondering if you needed projects for your TV show. I am a single mother of four children in Rhinelander, WI. I work full-time and have no family. My parents passed away 15 years ago. I know my dad would help if he were around! My home is 16 years old and needs lots of TLC, such as driveway sealing, more insulation, grass and roof help (lots of moss), repainting of front door, several vinyl siding pieces that need to be replaced, etc. I would appreciate any help you can give me. I am more than willing to help, but don’t know HOW to do most of these things. Thanks so much for considering my request.

  2. I wish you the best of luck Lisa!! This is a great post Danny. I recently helped my step father with a lot if these things and it can be a bit of a back breaking process if you don’t space them out. Another thing with summer is making sure your home is safe and secure with quality locks. I love summer but it can bring out some that are up to no good.

  3. I have a large bedroom floor approximately 12′ x 20′, half of the subfloor is wooden and the add on is concrete. Can I use real wood 5″ x 3/4″ planks for the entire coverage or do I have to use another type of flooring? My concern is that the concrete side will not allow the wood to acclimate.


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