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Termites- What you need to know:

How Termites Invade Your Home

Subterranean termites are the most destructive pests in Australia. Most species operate from a central colony which is usually beneath the surface of the soil. In their quest for food, termites will often build galleries from the ground, over ant cappings and along pipes. Sometimes the galleries are even free standing to reach above ground food sources. To gain access to structural timbers termites will also penetrate concrete slabs or piers by following minute cracks in the slab or plumbing and electrical penetrations.

Once the foundations have been breached, the termites can attack any part of the building (often undetected by the in-experienced)gaining concealed access inside the wall cavities, in the sub floor or in the ceiling areas.

The Importance of Termite Inspections 

You may have termites and not even know it. From a hidden underground nest a million termites could be secretly eating the insides of your home, leaving you with an empty shell. The fact is that many homes are difficult to inspect. To inspect for timber pests, good (unhindered visual) access to all timbers is needed. Since this is rarely available you need a professional, someone who in addition to advising on the status of the property informs clients of areas that can't be inspected and the potential risk of concealed access.

Everyone has heard horror stories of houses falling down from damage caused by timber pests, in fact, termites cause up to $700 Million dollars worth of damage to properties in Australia each year. Termites, borers and wood decay (delignification) and fungal decay can severely damage a property. We have seen some repairs require up to $100,000 in expenditure. Accordingly, a thorough inspection and a detailed report by a professional makes a lot of sense, and can save you considerable money and heartache in the long run.


Why you should get inspected?

When you consider that the purchase of a home is usually the single biggest investment a person makes in a lifetime, the protection of that investment is of considerable importance. A professional inspection could be all that is needed to save prospective buyers thousands of dollars. It could be all that prevents them from buying a home where timber pest damage is already being done.

 When considering an inspection, you should have explained by an ethical professional what exactly a thorough inspection involves, aquiring the knowledge to make an informed decision when choosing a company with suitably qualified operators, that can provide a professional service, in accordance with regulations and Australian standards compliance AS4349.3, which is the only recognized standard for pre-purchase inspections.

Somewhere between 1 to 2 hours should be spent inspecting the property, depending on the size, construction type and state of the property. All accessible areas should be inspected and reported however, many houses are very difficult to inspect thoroughly. To inspect properly for timber pests, good access to all timbers in a house is needed in the ceiling and underneath the home in stump houses.

In addition to advising on the status of the property, a timber pest report should include areas that can't be inspected and the potential risk they may pose. It should give relevant information on conditions that are conducive to timber pest attack, and how to protect the property. Old damage (inactive at the time of inspection) should be reported, as well as any current activity, active or dormant should be recorded in the report, if active timber pests are found that should be formally identified, before any chemical treatment is applied.

A number of Companies will only inspect for termites and not borer or wood decay fungi. These pests may have a lower public profile than termites, but their damage potential is such that any inspection, which ignores them, is incomplete. So make sure you ask your inspector if these are also included.

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