News from Dedant Building and Pest Inspections Blog – the latest information on topics of interest to home buyers, investors and home owners.

Dedant Building and Pest Inspections is your trusted and recommended Building Inspector in Brisbane and surrounding areas.  Our inspectors are knowledgeable, friendly and professional with over 20 years experience in the Building Industry.

With a house purchase being possibly one of the largest investments you will  make in your life time, don’t trust your inspection to just anybody.

 

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Moving into a new house? Plan a sustainable garden.

More people than ever are embracing green living. If you’re looking to live a greener, cleaner life, you should plan a sustainable garden.

With this garden you can build an edible landscape and literally enjoy the fruits (and vegetables!) of your labour.

Why Sustainable gardening?

Building a sustainable garden where you can grow fruits and vegetables has so many benefits.

By growing your own food, you know it is safe and healthy for your family to eat.

In the long-run, sustainable garden may even save you money. Eventually you will find that you recycle your produce into self-made compost and avoid spending hundreds of dollars a week on grocery.

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What your sustainable garden may look like.

Building your sustainable garden

Coming up with a plan to build a sustainable garden takes thoughtful use of space, resources and specific plants.

Choose a space that has quality soil with good sun exposure and access to plenty of water. Your crops are plants should be suited to the season and climate.

If you don’t choose the right plants, they will not be healthy and will attract pests. Growing native, climate-appropriate plants will also make your garden easier to maintain.

Look out for pests

One of your biggest concerns should be dealing with pests, such as termites.

Choosing to incorporate plants like chili into your garden can be a natural deterrent to pests without using pesticides. Chilies also have the benefit of being edible and delicious.

You should keep your garden some distance away from your property – termites move from the soil of your garden to your home.

Hiring a qualified pest inspector to assess your property annually is vital to ensuring the long-term health of your garden.

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Ants, termites, snails can destroy your garden overnight. Be diligent against them

Sustainable gardening as part of a thriving property

A sustainable garden is a great way to make a new house into a home that you love.

Alongside this sustainable garden, you should think of other ways you can make your home safer and more comfortable.

When planning to buy a home, quality pre-purchase building and pest inspection is essential.

With the peace of mind that your home is safe and pest free, you can be certain that your sustainable garden is growing in the best environment.

Dedant Building and Pest Inspections offer unbeatable service at reasonable prices for areas in and around Brisbane, Logan and the Gold Coast.

Call now on 07 3807 0122 or contact us through our website.

 

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How Termites Get Into Your House

If you’ve kept up with our blogs, you probably know by now the dangers of a termite infestation. However, many people still wonder how termites get into a house in the first place.

We’re going to explore the many ways termites can enter into your home.

Piles of wood

Piles of lumber or firewood can attract termites. If these piles of wood are close to your home, a termite can easily travel from a piece of wood to your home.

Without food, termites cannot travel too far. Make sure to keep piles of wood away from your house, or stored safety somewhere termites cannot get to.

Dead trees and foliage

Termites love dead and decaying trees because they are easier for the termites to chew through.

Leaving dead trees in your yard is a sure-fire way to invite termites into your home. This applies to stumps as well. You should remove any dead trees or stumps from your yard as soon as possible.

Tree branches

Even living trees pose a risk of housing termites.

This is because termites go from tree branches to anything that the branch is touching. If you have a tree that has branches touching your room, termites will move from the branch to your roof and then go into your home.

Keep trimming branches and leaves so that no extremities touch your home.

The branches of this tree house the walls of the house. This majorly increases the risk of a termite infection

Clogged gutters

When your gutters become clogged and overflow with rainwater, this can dampen your room and cause it to rot.

This rot attracts termites and gives them a point of weakness they can chew into.

By keeping your gutters unclogged, this allows for water to travel through pipes easily and not damage your roof.

Cracks in concrete

Termites cannot eat through concrete. However, they are small enough to be able to fit into small cracks and holes in concrete.

Termites find tiny cracks in brick mortar, in the concrete foundation of your home or in concrete blocks and travel through them.

Around air conditioning units

Termites thrive on moisture. Air conditioning units create a lot of run-off moisture. As such, termites are attracted to this moisture and create colonies nearby.

The house frame

It is well known that if your house has a wooden frame, termites can eat away at it and erode the structural integrity of your house over time.

However, even if your house has a metal frame, this will not make your house termite proof. Termites travel up through the metal frame and eat other wooden parts of the house.

The timber frame of a house. Termites love to eat through the insides of these frames and leave them hollow.

What to do?

If you think you might have termites, contact an expert immediately. Do not try and handle the problem yourself.

Dedant Building and Pest Inspections do inspections, spot treatments and chemical barriers all to a high standard at an affordable price.

Call Dedant on 07 3807 0122 or contact them on their website.

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Types of Termite Barriers

Termite barriers are your main defence against an infestation of these troublesome pests. However, there are many different types of termite barriers and it’s important to know the facts.

Types of termite barriers

There are two main types of termite barriers – physical and chemical barriers.

Both prevent termites from invading your home but do so in very different ways.

Physical Barriers

Physical barriers are built into the design of the property to prevent termites from entering your home. This barrier generally consists of mesh webbing that is places underneath the slab of the house.

With a correctly built barrier, termites will be unable to get into your property without climbing out into an area of the property that is clearly visible. This gives you the opportunity to call an expert to exterminate them.

For information on how to spot a termite infestation, see one of our previous blogs.

If you’re buying a home that is not newly built, many homes will have a physical termite barrier.

However, over time these physical barriers can degrade over time, becoming less effective and allowing termites to move through cracks in the slab of your home undetected.

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Termites in action, chewing through wood. They can do major damage to your home.

Chemical Barriers

Chemical barriers are different as they are not permanent fixtures of a house.

Instead, chemical barriers are installed by experts who dig a trench around the perimeter of the property and spray the perimeter with a chemical substance.

Depending on the chemical used, these barriers have different effects – some chemicals ward off termites while other barriers kill termites.

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Protect yourself with a termite management system

Which is better?

Ideally, having both barriers is preferable. However, if you can only get one. Dedant recommends you use a chemical barrier.

Not only is it less costly than installing a physical barrier, but it is far easier to keep a chemical barrier at maximum effectiveness. A damaged physical barrier can be costly to replace, but a chemical barrier can be replaced by experts much easier and with less hassle.

Dedant is an accredited applicator of Termidor, which is undetectable to termites and works by slowly poisoning termites, allowing the poison to spread to other termites which wipes out the infestation at the nest. That way, the termites will not come back.

This product has a $2 million dollar warranty and provides 8-year long protection from termites.

If you believe you may have a termite infection, contact Dedant today. We offer termite treatments and barriers, as well as inspections.

Call Dedant on 07 3807 0122 or contact us through our website to book now.

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Answering Your Handover Inspection Questions

Completing a building project is always a massive achievement, however even after construction is done, you still have to do the handover inspection. This step can confuse many people, so we will be answering your handover inspection questions in this blog.

What is a new build handover?

When you want to build your dream home from scratch, you need to go through several steps.

These include getting the finances in order, finding the right site, choosing the right building contractors and then the construction process itself.

After this, mandatory inspections are done which ensure that the house is a livable dwelling with weather proofing, power and water connected.

However, after this you’re still not done. The new build handover inspection must be conducted. This is the final examination of the house to make sure it’s built up to standard and to your specifications.

Why is the handover inspection so important?

It is the final step before you make a payment, so it’s important to get it right. Once you’ve paid the builder, they are much less likely to seek to help you.

This saves you from having to re-hire them or hire new builders to fix minor issues down the track. It also stops minor issues from becoming major issues.

That’s why it is so important to get a quality inspection service. 

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We conduct a thorough report of any faults your newly constructed property.

What is the difference between mandatory and handover inspections?

A mandatory inspection is just to make sure that the house is a livable structure.

By comparison, a handover inspection is done after the mandatory inspection. It makes sure the final touches are all correct and all elements of construction are up to industry standards.

This inspection looks at things like unevenness in the finishes, the gaps underneath doors, whether railings are loose and so on.

It is much more in-depth and the final chance for you to make sure your home is perfect.

How does the handover inspection work?

Generally, your builder will give you 2- or 3-weeks’ notice before handover is expected to take place.

From there you should conduct a qualified inspector who will undertake a thorough examination of your home.

A report is then delivered to you noting all the defects of the property. The builders should then fix these defects.

A follow up inspection and report can then be conducted at your request.

The New Build Handover is your final step before payment. Make sure you get the best inspectors. Contact Dedant today.

Who can do my handover inspection?

Of all the handover inspection questions, this is perhaps the most important. Thankfully, we’ve got an easy answer.

Dedant Building and Pest Inspections offers affordable, quality handover inspections.

These inspections are followed by an easy-to-follow report that includes pictures of any faults and tells you the correct trade responsible for fixing the fault.

Dedant services Brisbane, Logan, the Gold Coast, Moreton, Ipswich and the Scenic Rim.

Call now on 07 3807 0122 or contact us on our website.

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5 DIY tips for keeping out termites

At Dedant, we have written extensively about the dangers of termites. Given the dangers of these pests, we are sharing our DIY tips for keeping out termites.

1)     Fix leaky plumbing and gutters

Termites rely on moist soil to survive and thrive. A leaky pipe that can cause water to pool up under and around your house.

Termites build colonies in the moist soil near your house and then begin to eat the wooden fixtures of your homes. Get a plumber to ensure your pipes do not leak.

Even if you’re not a handyman yourself, keeping your gutters clean and free of leaves will also prevent moisture from building. This will also stop mold from occurring.

2)     Store excess wood away from your property

If you have a building project involving wood, it is not unusual to have excess planks of wood lying around afterward.

Do not leave piles of wood near your house. Termites will seek these out and then move from the wood pile to the external walls of your home.

Store your excess wood in a shed or under a tarp away from the external walls of your home.

3)     Tend to your gardens

Keep your garden clean, tidy and free of rotting tree stumps. Termites are attracted to wood rot.

You should also regularly clean your garden to make sure there are no dead or rotting plant matter on the ground.

A backyard full of loose, rotting plans matter gives termites a moist environment to thrive in. Cleaning your garden is a job you can do yourself.

 

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Your backyard is the most common place for termite colonies to form. Keep it as clean as possible. Inspect regularly.

4)     Avoid cardboard

Cardboard attracts termites. As such you should seek to avoid using cardboard as much as possible.

Most of the cardboard we use is in storage containers and folders. Use plastic or metal containers and folders for storage instead.

5)     Keep good air circulation

Keeping good air circulation is vital to prevent termite infestations. With poor air circulation, condensation can build up and seep into the wood, creating a perfect environment for termites.

Opening windows and running ceiling/exhaust fans is an easy way to keep air circulation going and prevent the build-up of moisture.

an open window to improve ventilation

An open window increases air circulation and makes your home less habitable to termites

Always consult an expert

While these tips for keeping out termites are useful for prevention, if you see or suspect a termite infestation your first point of contact should be to an expert.

Dedant offers affordable, quality termite inspections and treatments.

Call now on 07 3807 0122.

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