Repair Termite Hole in Hardwood Floor

Termites may be important for the ecosystem, but no homeowner would ever be happy finding these insects crawling around their home. These creatures are capable of causing great destruction to homes and of course, their favorite hardwood floors. Repairs of these damages can be quite costly. Fortunately, some termite damage to hardwood floors can be salvaged without replacing the hardwood.

Check out how we repaired this termite damage in hardwood floor without removing and replacing the whole board!
Step 1: Isolate the hole in the hardwood floor.
Step 2: Shape the filler piece of wood to fill the hole.    
Step 3: Install the filler wood piece and wait for the epoxy to dry.
Step 4: Shave the filler wood to be leveled with the hardwood floor.
Step 5: Add stain and grain marks to the filler wood piece.
Step 6: Wait for the wood stain to dry.
Finished! Where did the termite damaged hole in the hardwood go?

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3 questions
  • Rosa Rodriguez
    Rosa Rodriguez
    on May 27, 2017

    How do I now now if turmite is oll gone there so small even if u use pest control
    • Jewellmartin
      on May 31, 2017

      Termite damage is serious business. Have an exterminator inspect under the house, outside and inside. Termites must have come up through the foundation, the subfloor, and then through the top flooring to make this damage. Extermination will be expensive, but maybe your homeowner's insurance will pay part of it. Extermination for termites should be guaranteed. If you see tiny flying ants after the termite treatment, the exterminator should return for free. Best wishes 😇
  • Deborah Thelen
    Deborah Thelen
    on May 28, 2017

    Could the same thing be done to fix a laminate floor?
    • Jewellmartin
      on May 31, 2017

      Two questions. 1. Yes, you can follow these directions for laminate. Hardwood is usually much more expensive, and worth the trouble. However, for laminate, you might want to use wood filler from a tube or wood putty. Let it dry completely, then stain and texture.
      2. The first thing to try is to pop the board back into place. Wrap your hammer in a towel or thick dishcloth. Slowly and firmly, hammer on one side of the board, trying to slide that side back into the board beside it. Then hammer each end in the same way. Last, hammer the remaining side in very gently, a little at a time. If this works, lucky you. If it does not pop into place, you will probably have to replace the board.
      To replace one laminate board, pry it up as carefully as you can so as not to damage other boards. You may have to scrape glue from the open space so there is a smooth surface underneath. If you damage more, you will have to replace more. In the best case, you will have kept at least one box of the boards to use for repairs. If you have to buy more boards, don't trust your memory or even a photo to match. The color can vary from one year to the next even with the same name. Scrape all the dried glue or dirt from the space left by the damaged boards. If you see water damage, stop, find and repair the damage first. If there is a separate padding under the boards, check it and replace with a similar material. Now you are ready to go to the previous paragraph and follow those directions. Best wishes 😇
  • Melissa
    on Jan 24, 2020

    I would like to know what kind of epoxy wood filler you used. Did you fill the hole then add the wood? Also, did you finish after staining with polyurethane?

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