The media reports on the importance of termite inspections and termite control methods constantly. Major media stories have been run in Sydney regarding inadequate inspections for termites and other timber pests. This is particularly the case when new home buyers require a pre-purchase inspection.
For everyone, termites are the big focus, but termites are only 1 of the timber pests that cause damage to your property. The main timber pests that can damage a property are termites, borers and wood decay fungi.
A timber pest inspection is normally designed to look for signs of all three of these pests. A termite inspection normally only focuses on subterranean termites.
Its always important to first assess the current condition of your property:
A full timber pest inspection and a timber pest report is the starting point do decide what is required for effective termite control, wood decay management and borer control.
If you are going to purchase a property it is vital that you get a pre-purchase inspection (PPI) done. But make sure that you choose a company that:
All termite inspections and other timber pest inspections have limitations. Termites and borers do their very best to work and breed undetected. Inspections conducted are termed "non-destructive" which means we do not damage the property while performing the inspection.
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An inspection will not see through walls - even with thermal imaging cameras. Recommendations and report findings are based on visual evidence found on the DAY of the inspection.
If you own the property and a serious concern is raised, a more invasive inspection can be performed using bore scopes and other devices which will gain access to concealed voids - but invasive inspections are rarely performed in the case of a sale of a property since the vendor does not want their property damaged unnecessarily.
If you would like to know more about our termite services, why not call for a Free Quote! You can contact Assassin Pest Control on 1800 674 115.
Looking for building inspection tips? A home inspection for termites is known in Sydney Australia as a building inspection and includes a pest report and a building report. It involves a thorough visual inspection of the sub floor, roof void interior, exterior, and other areas of the property. An average house takes anywhere from one to two hours to complete. Cost varies from $185 - $495 depending on the size of the house and access. This is including G.S.T.
The report consists of eleven pages and digital photos upon request. Please remember a termite inspection report is designed to detect termites at an early stage as to reduce the amount of damage to your house. It does not stop termites. It is strongly recommended a termite inspection report is carried out at least once every twelve months and every three to six months for high risk areas.
Torch with bright light. This is essential and krypton bulbs give the best light for torches generally available today. LED torches, headlamps and flashlights are the next generation inspection tools and should be used when they come onto the market.
A termite sounding donger. A fibreglass rod with a small plastic ball at the end. It is designed to run along skirting boards, higher placed timbers and other exposed timbers. When it runs across termite infested timber the tone changes, indicating hollowed out timber.
A Moisture Meter. It is designed to pick up high moisture content in walls and timbers. Termites bring up moisture from the soil and into the walls and timbers.
A Termatrac microwave tracking device. Termatrac is a breakthrough development in the building inspection detection of termites, invented and developed in Australia using technology similar to radar, Termatrac is the exciting answer to detecting termites through timber, plaster board, brick or masonry with no interference to the building material or termite activity. With no drilling, tapping or prodding, Termatrac is the answer to termite detection without termite defection! With Termatrac, the pest professional enjoys the advantage of accurate detection and customer peace of mind.
Binoculars. They are used to look at roof lines in building inspections to see if there is any subsidence. That would be an indicator that termites have infested the roof.
Stanley Knife & Tape. If termite infested timber is located, we may cut it with a Stanley knife and expose the interior of timber identifying the species of termites then seal it back up with tape so as not to disturb the termites.
Listening Device. This listens to sounds in the internal of the walls. However, if you tap the wall with your hand and put your ear up to the wall you can hear the soldier termites rubbing the mandibles together.
The purpose of this building inspection is to give you the tools you need to select and maintain the right home for you. We think you’ll agree that the right home for you is affordable, comfortable and within your means to maintain for as long as you choose to live in it.
This building inspection offers insights that will help you make an informed decision in your choice of a home. Affording a home involves more than having enough money to cover the down payment, closing costs and monthly mortgage obligations.
Maintaining the overall condition of the home while you live in it and the repairs or preventive measures needed to do so can be just as costly.
This kit will explain how to conduct your own home inspection with an easytouse, step by step approach. Once you’ve evaluated your results, you’ll be better equipped to make a wise decision, whether it’s;
“Yes, I like this home; it suits the needs of my family, and I can afford to buy and maintain it.”
Or "No, I cannot realistically afford to buy and maintain this home, the termite risk is too great.”
Either way, it pays to know what you’re up against before you make an offer to purchase. The professional inspector gives you an objective and comprehensive report before closing. In addition, you may want to have the home tested for possible environmental hazards which are not usually visible, including, lead in the water, lead in paint, asbestos, and other toxic materials.
Make sure you can afford to buy your home and maintain it. You need to make an educated decision in your own best interest and learn what’s ahead of you now, rather than down the track ESPECIALLY if the house is endangered by termites, borers or wood decay.
Termites have a 200 million year evolutionary history closely related to cockroaches. They can be found right throughout Sydney. Knowledge of their biology is crucial for building and home inspections.
Termites forage for food over a large area (approximately 100 metres) in search of timber and operate and live in a central nest or colony. The worker termites partially digest the timber before returning to the nest to feed the colony. This can cause considerable damage to our homes and bank accounts, as many Sydneysiders will attest, and can happen in a matter of months. Termites are social insects, and there are multiple castes within the colony.
Termite Treatment after a Building Inspection has found Termites. A residual three step treatment around all structures coming up out of the ground of a building.