Recently, one of our team stopped to do some shopping at a local shopping centre in Mt Warren Park and noticed one of the trees in front of the centre had been cut down. Being the inquisitive type, he wondered why and decided to look.
He found the inside of the tree had been eaten away by termites. The termites entered from underground, up through the centre completely undetected and destroyed the structural integrity of the tree.
Termites can also access parts of your home completely in similar ways. For example, that timber pole that holds up your verandah and is in direct contact with the ground, they can come up the centre of it and quite possibly gain access to your house. They can continue to go unnoticed and cause serious damage to your property.
This example shows why regular bi-annual or annual inspections are recommended to make sure these little masters of stealth entry don’t get a chance to destroy your home. It’s the best form of insurance for your home and gives you peace of mind.
What Is A Termite Inspection?
A termite inspection is a comprehensive inspection of the property, yard and the home building structure.
It’s important to understand the difference between a termite inspection and a termite check.
As mentioned, a termite inspection is a comprehensive inspection with a detailed report on the findings and treatment recommendations should termites be found.
A termite check does not do this. It is simply a visual check around the home, gardens. This will not accurately identify termite activity and leaves your home at serious risk.
In addition, termite damage is typically not covered under your home buildings insurance policy.
How Often Should You Have a Termite Inspection Done?
Under Australian Standards, the minimum requirement is an annual inspection. We strongly recommend that you have an inspection done annually just like renewing your insurance policy.
What Happens If you Find Termites?
If termite activity and damage is found, your Technician will provide you with treatment options to suit your situation and budget.
We would first recommend that the existing termites be treated and stopped.
The good news is that termites or white ants can be stopped. A termite inspection is the first step.
If you’re concerned about termites, contact DedAnt Building and Pest Inspections for a quote.