Termite and Timber Pest Inspections
Before you buy a home, it is highly recommended that you have a termite/timber pest inspection report. A timber pest inspection report can be provided to make sure your property is not infested by termites or other timber pests.
A termite and timber pest inspection is carried out in accordance to AS4349.3 and AS 3660.2. It consists of a visual inspection to the interior and exterior of the property, looking for evidence of past or present termite activity or damage.
Evidence of any Termite management systems installed to the property, whether they be a physical or chemical barrier. Conducive conditions are also identified, to highlight any areas that are likely to attract and encourage termite activity.
Subterranean termites also know as white ants are a highly destructive timber pest, that can cause major structural timber damage to buildings in Australia. The CSIRO Survey indicates that 1 in 3 properties will have termites within the property boundary.
Severe termite damage to Australian homes have increased since the removal of longer lasting soil barrier chemicals in 1995 due to their toxicity. The more common use of soft wood and other landscaping timbers that termites find irresistible. Other factors include building designs, reticulation watering systems, landscaping and maintenance that encourage termite activity and allow for concealed termite entry and infestation into a building.
Termites are known to destroy the wall, floor and roofing timbers in a home in Australia within 3 months of construction, in some cases. Termites cause more damage to homes than fires, floods and storms combined. Termites occur throughout mainland Australia, with a high incidence of attacks in all urban areas.
Termite damage is NOT covered under home or building insurance policies and is extremely important to carry out regular Termite inspections and install a termite management system to the property to protect the main building from timber pest activity.
The following tips can help you avoid termite damage:
- Understand the system of termite management in your house and the maintenance requirements.
- Check your property and building regularly for termite activity to reduce the risk of damage.
- Have a pest controller inspect the house, at a minimum of every 12 months.
- Address plumbing leaks, drainage problems, blocked gutters and roof leaks promptly, as termites are attracted to damp conditions.
- Do not put garden beds and mulching against the main building, as this provides termites, with an undetectable and concealed entry point to the building.
- Do not store cellulous materials against walls, as this can allow termites to enter the building undetected.
- Sub-floor areas should be well ventilated – ensure vents are not obstructed.
- Don’t store cellulose products under the house.
- Use termite-resistant or treated timber for works around the property, including retaining walls.
- Use metal stirrups for patio and gate posts.
- Regularly clean and check timber decks and timber balconies.
Areas inspected to the internal of the property include:
- Internal timber cabinetry
- Areas of water staining or moisture detected
- Timber flooring and skirting boards
- Timber door frames
- Roof frame
- Sub floor structure
- Any internal timber fixings to the main building
- Exterior perimeter of the building for activity
- Any exterior timber structures
- Timber decking
- Timber retaining walls
- Timber fences
Conducive conditions consist of
- Blocked gutters
- Leaking roof cover
- Areas where Moisture has been identified
- Leaking taps
- Overflows or down pipes not connected to suitable drainage
- Stored items or timber elements in direct ground contact
- Garden beds with mulch up against the main buildings.
- Garden beds or paving above a physical termite barrier.
- Bridging or breaching of existing termite barriers.
Evidence of previous termite management system
- Durable notice in meter box, highlighting treatment and date of application
- Drill and inject holes
- Perimeter reticulation system
- Bait stations
- Physical termite barriers
- Donger or tapper
- Moisture meter
- Thermal imaging Camera
- High powered torches