Termite Inspections - Why You Need One
An Annual Termite Inspection is one of the best forms of insurance you can put in place to protect your $400,000+ home and "prevention is always better than cure" especially when we are talking Queensland and its many varieties of Termites.
Queensland is well known to have a great climate and ecology for high termite activity and the termites can go undetected for many months before they are discovered.
Homes owners might be unaware that their home insurance policy does not cover the property for damage caused by termites as seen as a preventable event and the responsibility of the home owner. It is therefore important to detect termites early (commonly known as white ants) to significantly reduce repair costs and the spread of these pests, and safety of the home structure. Left untreated, it is not uncommon for roof trusses and base and top plates to be eaten through, and walls held together by only plasterboard.
What's Included in a Termite Inspection?
First, it's important to know the difference between a Termite Inspection and a Termite Check. Typically, a Check does not follow Australian Standards and Timber Pest Management best practices. Merely a visual check of the surrounding areas of the home.
A termite inspection is a comprehensive inspection of the property, yard and the home building structure.
Your Timber Pest Technician will inspect the home structure in detail using the latest technology to detect any termite activity or damage.
Your Technician will provide you with a detailed report of the inspection and the findings.
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.
Your Inspector will also provide recommendations on repairs that may be necessary.
Common Myths About Termites
- Steel framed homes will not suffer from a termite attack - all homes contain some timber such as skirting boards and paper-lined Gyprock walls.
- Concrete slabs will protect the home from termite entry and damage.
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.
If you’re in a higher risk area then we recommend 3 monthly inspections. This will help safe-guard your home from termites and identify the need for termite treatments.
There are a number of things homeowners can do to be on the look-out for signs of termite activity around the home and prevent these pests from establishing themselves there:
- Trim shrubs and bushes close to the walls of the building.
- Check any tree stumps on the property.
- Remove any wood pieces that may be lying around the yard area.
- Inspect any leaking water agains the building, including air-conditioner overflow pipes and leaky pipes.
- Inspect structures attached to the home such as pergolas.
- Check weep-holes are above the ground level and not covered by gardens.
- Inspect timber fences surrounding the property.