Termite inspections are an important part of homeownership.They help protect your home from damage caused by termites. They can also help you identify any potential problems before they become too serious.
In this blog post, we will discuss what to expect during a termite inspection.Also why they’re so important for homeowners.
What is a termite inspection and what does it involve.
Termite inspections are an important part of protecting your home or business from these destructive pests.
Our inspection involves a visual examination of the areas of the property.
That are most likely to be infested or damaged by termites. This includes
1) Interior of structures: In each area the condition must be evaluated, and wet areas (such as the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry) must be examined. Using moisture meters to look for leaks.
2) Subfloor areas: The inspector should crawl to all corners of the sub-floor, inspecting supporting structures, flooring timbers, and drainage if access is available.
3) External areas of buildings. The inspector must be particularly vigilant in the areas adjacent to the home. The inspector is searching for possible termite entry points, whether the soil level or other structure is hiding potential termite entry points, are there elevated moisture levels due to watering systems leaks or drainage problems that might attract termites, and so on.
4) surrounding areas: Termite inspections should evaluate areas such as trees, stumps, timber retaining walls, timber fences, garden beds, and any outbuildings or structures.
5) Roof voids: The roof inspection includes inspecting each timber from top to bottom in a manner that allows for crawling along the length of the roof if space permits. . The inspector is not permitted to go into the roof space if there are any safety problems such as unsafe access.
Difference between a pre-purchase inspection and a termite inspection?
A pre-purchase pest inspection is an important step in the home-buying process. By assessing a property for termites, borer activity, wood decay, and mold, a pest inspection can give buyers critical information about the condition of a home. An inspection agreement must be signed before an inspection can be carried out, and it is generally recommended that buyers seek out a pest inspection before making an offer on a home.
In contrast, a standard termite inspection is typically conducted by property owners as part of their regular maintenance routine. These inspections are usually conducted once per year, but homes at higher risk of termite attack may be inspected more frequently. No agreement is required for a standard termite inspection, and the focus of the inspection is solely on termites. However, if evidence of wood decay or borer activity is found during a standard termite inspection, further investigation may be warranted.
What is a termite inspector looking for ?
Termites can cause a great deal of damage to homes and other structures made from wood. As a result, it is important to be on the lookout for signs of their activity. One way to do this is to hire a professional termite inspector.
These inspectors are trained to look for evidence of termite damage or workings, such as mud leads or live activity. If they find such evidence, they will then Pierce the area with a knife or screwdriver in order to expose any termites that may be inside. In addition, they may use rodding tools or a small pick to determine if there is active termite activity present.
The management standard for termites introduced by Standards Australia in 2018 requires inspectors to first perform a non-invasive standard termite inspection. If they confirm evidence of live termites, they will then perform a special purpose inspection.
Such as opening up wall cavity or voids to further inspect for concealed activity. By hiring a professional termite inspector, you can be sure that your home is safe from these damaging pests.
How do I know if the inspector is qualified?
When you are considering which company to choose for your termite inspection.
it’s critical to ask about their experience while inquiring about licensing. License requirements to carry out termite inspections in NSW is (8 & 10) from the Certificate III in Urban Pest Management CPP30119 they also must have the appropriate insurance most importantly professional indemnity insurance.. You have the right to inspect their license and insurance documents before hiring them.
What is included in a termite inspection report
- Evidence of any Current termite activity
- Evidence of previous termite damage
- The conditions around your property that are conducive to termite attack
- Evidence of a current termite protection system
- Advice on how to minimise the likelihood of termite attack
- How often you should have a termite inspection
- The various options regarding an effective Termite Protection Program
How long does a Termite Inspection typically take?
The time it takes to inspect a property for termites varies based on the size and condition of the home. But typically takes around 60-90 minutes.
However, it’s crucial to remember that some infestations may be more difficult to detect than others. Necessitating a more invasive examination such as an inspection into concealed locations.
Can termite damage or activity be hidden or concealed ?
Termite and termite nests are adept at avoiding open air and bright lights. Which means they will remain underground or within wood materials.
Inspectors cannot simply see an active termite infestation by looking at the finished surface of a wall or the accompanying trim as it is almost impossible.
Because of this, professional timber pest inspectors will have a variety of instruments at their disposal to assist them detect termite presence, such as thermal imaging cameras and moisture meters. but sometimes the only way to determine if termites are in concealed areas is to physically open them up and inspect.
what equipment do termite inspectors use to detect termites ?
When it comes to inspecting a property for termites there are a variety of tools available for termite inspectors.
However they all have there pros & cons and it still comes down to the experience of the termite inspector themselves. To know when and where ton use the correct equipment.
Timber inspection tool that produces a change in tone when damage or anomalies are present. This tool is typically known as a Donger. But is also referred to as a timber Sounder, Tapper, Knocker or Probe.
Borescope inspection camera
The Borescope is another fantastic detection tool. That allows us to inspect hollow cavities to confirm the presence of live termites. Typically, we may use a small hole in the wall lining to insert the probe and examine. This sort of examination is termed “invasive” because it goes beyond the scope of a Regular Visual Termite Inspection.
Tramex Moisture Meters
This tool detects the moisture content of the surfaces that we are testing.
This unit uses three ranges of sensitivity and a deep penetration signal to provide moisture readings and evaluations without causing any damage to the material that is being tested.
Termites bring and create moisture in the areas that they are working in, so by detecting anomalies in moisture readings in wall and timber surfaces.
we are then able to detect whether termites are present, either before or after treatments.
This a ground-breaking termite detecting system. The Termatrac was invented and produced in Australia.
By using technology comparable to radar. It is the thrilling solution for finding termites in timber, plasterboard, brick or masonry. Without affecting building materials or termite activity.
In recent years, a new technology has emerged as an important weapon in the never-ending battle against termites. It’s various names include “thermal imaging” and “infrared,” although they all refer to the same sort of gadgets. This technique has been around for many years. But only recently has it advanced to a point where companies can utilize it with confidence.
Types of termites
The worst species in Sydney is Coptotermes acinaciformis, which is followed by Schedorhinotermes and Nasutitermes. The least harmful are Nasutitermes.
Common throughout sydney, the Schedorhinotermes Intermedius termite can cause major structural damage to structural timbers. Often having multiple nesting points in dead tree stumps, native trees or underground.
They travel across the property to get to new nesting points and food sources. Making it difficult to locate the source of the infestation.
these termites eat both softwood and hardwood timbers, typically targeting dry or moist regions of the house. Termite assaults may completely demolish solid hardwood timbers.
The Coptotermes acinaciformis is a termite species that can be found throughout Australia’s mainland and is considered the most destructive. Because of the size of their colonies, they’re capable of causing huge damage in a short amount of time.
They can be found in any suburb, but they prefer to nest in gum trees, old tree stumps, ancient logs, and even behind retaining walls.
They’re a bold species that may be seen up to 100 meters away from their nest.
The Nasutitermes Walkeri is distinguishable by its brownness and a single sharp point on the head of the soldier caste. Which sets it apart from other termite species (most have two incisors). This species can be found in eastern New South Wales and south-eastern Queensland.
These termites tend to form dark coloured mud mounds on trees in bushland areas. But like to make themselves home in roof cavities.
Termite can also be found nesting in homes they prefer to feed on decaying hardwood.
So it’s possible to have an infestation with very little timber damage.
Why are termite inspections important for homeowners and businesses alike?
Termite inspections are incredibly important for both homeowners and businesses. These pests can cause serious damage to structures, and they can be very difficult to spot until it’s too late.
Having an inspection conducted on a regular basis. You can catch any potential problems early and take steps to prevent further damage.
In most cases termite damage may not be covered by insurance. So it is always better to be safe than sorry.
How can you prepare for a termite inspection if you’re the homeowner or tenant?
If you’re the homeowner or tenant, there are a few things you can do to prepare for a termite inspection.
First, it’s important to clear any clutter away from the exterior and internal walls of the property. As this will give the inspector a clear view of the entire premises.
You should also make sure that all windows and doors are easily accessible. This allows the inspector can get a good look at them.
Also ensure there’s is clear access to all roof and subfloor access points. So the inspector can gain access to these areas easily.
Finally, if you have any concerns about potential areas of damage. Be sure to point them out to the inspector before they begin their work.
How much do termite inspections cost on average?
Typically you can expect to pay between $275 and $600 for a complete termite inspection. In accordance with Australian standards including a detailed report.
You may find yourself paying more or less. Depending on the size of your home and the extent of the inspection.
If they have to use specialised equipment you may pay an additional cost.
Inspections for termites are important for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, they may help identify any issues with your house before they become serious. Unfortunately Termite damage isn’t covered by standard homeowner’s insurance.
it’s essential to have one done in order to avoid paying for repairs out of pocket.
When you’re selling your property, most purchasers will want a termite inspection (and frequently treatment) before proceeding with the transaction.
Commonly asked questions
Why do termite inspectors tap walls?
While it may seem like a strange ritual, there is a reason why termite inspectors tap walls before declaring a house free of pests. Termites are small creatures that are able to squeeze through the tiniest of cracks. As a result, they can enter a home without being detected. Once inside, they can do serious damage to the structure of the house. Tapping on walls helps the inspector to find any hidden termites that may be lurking behind the scenes. By tapping on the walls, the inspector is able to identify any areas that sound hollow. These hollow areas may indicate that there is termite activity taking place on the other side. As a result, tapping is an essential part of any termite inspection.
How can you tell if wood has termites?
There are several signs that indicate that wood has termites. One is the presence of mud tunnels or galleries on the surface of the wood. These are made by termites as they travel back and forth between their nest and their food source. Another sign is the presence of small holes in the wood. Termites typically create these holes as they tunnel through the wood, and they can often be seen along the grain of the wood. Finally, wood that has been damaged by termites will often sound hollow when tapped. If you suspect that wood has termites, it is important to have it inspected by a professional. Only an experienced exterminator will be able to confirm whether or not termites are present.
Can i inspect for termites myself?
While it is possible to inspect your premises for termites yourself, it is advisable to enlist the help of a professional pest control operator. Termites are notoriously difficult to spot, and an expert will have the training and equipment necessary to carry out a thorough inspection. They will also be able to provide guidance on how to best protect your property from these damaging pests. In addition, a professional operator will be familiar with the signs of termite activity and will be able to advise you on the best course of action if any are found. Consequently, while you may be able to conduct a basic inspection yourself, it is always best to seek professional help when dealing with termites.
How do you tell if termites are in your walls?
There are several signs that may indicate the presence of termites in your walls. One is the presence of mud tubes, which are small tunnels that termites build to travel from their nests to their food sources. These tubes are typically about the diameter of a pencil and can be found on wood or concrete surfaces. Another sign of termites is the presence of winged insects, often seen near windows or doors. These insects are actually reproductive termites that have left their nests in search of new areas to colonize. If you see any of these signs, it’s important to contact a professional pest control company to have your home inspected for termites. Left unchecked, these pests can cause significant damage to your property.
What attracts termites in the house?
Termites are attracted to houses for a variety of reasons. One of the most important is food. Termites feed on wood, and a house provides an ample supply of this resource. In addition, termites are attracted to moisture. They need water to survive, and a house often has high levels of moisture due to leaky pipes or poorly ventilated crawl spaces. Finally, termites are attracted to darkness. A house generally provides plenty of dark, sheltered places for them to build their nests. As a result, these three factors – food, water, and darkness – are some of the most important things that attract termites to houses.
Do termites just go away?
No, termites do not just go away. These insidious pests can cause major damage to your home if left unchecked, and they are not easy to get rid of once they’ve taken root. If you suspect you have a termite problem, the best course of action is to call in a professional exterminator. Exterminators will be able to identify the type of termites you have and recommend the best treatment plan. This may involve baiting or treating the area with insecticide. Either way, it is important to get rid of termites before they do serious damage to your home. Otherwise, you may end up having to pay for expensive repairs.
How long does it take for termites to destroy a house?
Termites are notorious for their ability to destroy wooden structures. In fact, these tiny insects are responsible for billions of dollars in damage each year. But how long does it actually take for termites to destroy a house? The answer, unfortunately, is that it can vary greatly. While some houses may only suffer minor damage after years of infestation, others may be destroyed within months. The type of wood that the house is made of also plays a role. Softer woods like pine are more susceptible to damage than harder woods like oak. Ultimately, the best defense against termites is regular maintenance and inspection. By catching an infestation early, homeowners can minimize the damage and save their houses from destruction.
If you are like most people, you probably don’t think about termite inspections.
Until you see or hear evidence of an infestation.
However, regular termite inspections are a vital part of keeping your home and property free from these pests.
As a minimum a inspection is recommended at least once a year. By a licensed inspector to check for signs of termites and take steps to eradicate them if they are found.
By doing this, you can avoid the costly damage that termites can cause and keep your home in good condition.