Need a Thorough Termite Inspection?
Termites are the the most destructive timber pests and capable of causing major structural damage to your home. To stop these highly destructive pests, it is essential to have a Termite Inspection in your home at least once a year. The inspection is especially important if you live in a termite high risk region and unfortunately in south east qld we are in one of the worst areas in all australia or you have noticed evidence of termites in and around your home.
We have a number of termite species that cause major damage to timber in South East Queensland, all termites need is moisture, warmth, shelter and a food source. Unfortunately our homes are a great food source and our homes due to construction provide all the conditions for termites to survive. So it is essential you get regular termite inspections to make sure your home is safe from these nasty timber destroying pests.
What Termite Inspection Equipment is used on a termite inspection?
To give our Termite Inspectors a deeper insight into what is happening in your house we used state-of-the-art equipment. This equipment includes;
Termatrac T3i the worlds number one termite Detection Tool (for moisture, thermal and termite movement)
Borescope HD Camera used on Invasive Inspections (Invasive cable camera or void and wall inspections)
Ladder (for the roof space inspection)
Digital Reporting Software and Camera for same day reports
Where Do we look during a Termite Inspection?
Inspection of the interior
The termite inspector will start at the front door and methodically check every room for signs of termite activity.The inspector will check ceilings, all wall surfaces and skirting boards and all wood components for signs of current and previous activity. He will also pinpoint areas to check for termite activity using the termatrac t3i which uses Radar , moisture and thermal sensing. The inspector will then check for moisture behind walls which can indicate termite activity. Usual areas for moisture are wet areas like bathrooms, laundries and kitchens.
The professional termite inspector will inspect the outside and look for signs of termites on all exterior components of your home. The inspector will check the perimeter including fences, gardens and trees around the home and the foundation. Here, the inspector will be looking for signs of termite activity and active termites. The Termite Inspection Report will also tell you areas where there are conducive conditions around your home that will attract termites.
As well as inspecting all areas of the interior and the exterior of your home, the inspector will also check in the roof void of your home for termite activity and damage. They will check all of the the roof timbers that support the roof. The roof void is a really important part of the inspection as it has many conditions favourable to termites and timber decay. We have seen timbers in the roof void decayed and termite damaged to the point of colapse and needing major repairs in as little as 12months.
We also check your sub floor under your home as well. We need to determine if there is termite damage in floor joists, Timber support bearers and all footings and piers. Termites are subterranean so we will be looking for mud tubes going up and across the building footings and piers from the ground and going over the ant capping. poorly ventilated Subfloors create the perfect conditions for a Termite activity as it will be Warm, moist and away from predators.
A Termite attack on your home can be difficult to identify without conducting a full termite inspection. The inspection ensures that termite activity can be found before these highly destructive pests can cause too much damage to your home. So if you believe at any time your home or business may have termites, it is time to book in a full inspection before it is too late.
What do we look for during a Termite Inspection
The most important things our Termite Inspectors look for is signs of Termite Activity , Conducive Conditions and Moisture. These cause conditions that attract Termites and increases your Termite Risk. The report will explain areas of concern around your home and recommendations on how to rectify them.
Some of these indicators
High Moisture areas.
Leaking taps , down pipes and gutters.
Leaking water tanks
Air conditioner and hot water service overflows
Gardens and mulch adjacent to the house
Termites with Wings
These are the reproductive termites and are usually seen around spring time and most people see them in their swimming pools but the Termite Alates can be found inside or outside your home as the reproductive termites leave the nest to begin new termite colonies. After swarming termites take flight, they lose their wings and look for conditions they can start a new colony which is moisture and a food source. So if you have moist conditions around your home, timber fences, retaining walls , garden edging timbers etc ,you are inviting them into your home for a timber BUFFET> You will find piles of termite wings on surfaces such as window sills or in spider webs around your home.
Termite Mud Tubes
Subterranean termites build mud leeds to serve as a highway between the wood they consume and their nest. Termite leads are made of faeces, pieces of wood, soil and other debris. These leads are used to protect the colony from predators and to to retain moisture and humidity.
Termite Inspection Reports
We have invested into the latest digital reporting technology so our inspectors are 100% paperless. This means the Termite Inspection report can completed onsite once he has finished the inspection and then he will send it through to the office for quality control. Once it is checked over the report is then sent to the client on the same day. all our reports include photos explaining areas of concern and recommendations so you will understand so much easier. We have got a lot of compliments on how thorough we are with well written and easy to read reports. When you receive your Termite Inspection Report you also get Inspector’s direct phone number just in case you have more questions after reading through the report and we are always happy to explain things further in fact we encourage it .
What happens if Termites are found during the inspection?
If we find active termites during the inspection the inspector can give you a quote straight away on what the termite treatments will cost. If you agree we can do a termite treatment straight away or if you need time that’s ok. You can find More information on our Termite Treatments Page.
When there are signs of active or previous termite activity we strongly recommend a Termite Barrier, now called a Termite Management System. The Inspector on the day is licensed and certified to issue you a free Termite Barrier quote. There are a few systems on the market and the inspector can go through what would best suit your dwelling. More information about this can be found on our Termite Barrier Page.
How often should I get a Termite Inspection?
We strongly suggest an annual inspection to all of our customers. This proactive approach minimises the risk of severe termite damage. With 1 in three houses in Queensland having white ant activity it’s a case of not if but when.
South East Queensland has a very favourable environment for high termite activity. Unfortunately termites are just something we have to deal with. A proactive approach against foraging termites is the best way to protect yourself from thousands of dollars of damage. Get in contact with our Termite Inspection team on+61 07 32008586 for a free quote and to book an inspection time.