Termite Attack Conducive Areas Around The Home
Today I was doing some inspections in the Manly west area of Brisbane. This area has a mix of new and old homes.
There are complete new estates that are now finished and there is also a mixture of new and old homes side by side.
Some homeowners have opted to demolish the old home on the site and build a new one.
Whichever sort of home you live in new or old, there is always a need for an annual termite inspection; this is the most proactive thing a homeowner can do to help prevent termite attack.
I was doing an inspection at a property in Radford road today, and fortunately, there were no termites present, but there were some issues that can leave the property at risk.
Three Termite Problem Areas Around The Home
Area Number One
The number one problem was the poor water drainage at the property, especially after heavy rain.
We arrived at the property just as the heavens opened up, the rain came pouring down for about 15 minutes.
During the time it was raining I decided to start the inspection on the inside, normally I would start on the outside and then work my way into the house, but not in this case.
As shown in the pictures there is a lot of water pooling around the house and into the garden edges, this is particularly bad because the water sits up close to the edge of the building, wetting the ground around the footings, making the area conducive to termite attack.
This sort of issue needs to be rectified as soon as possible, it may be that some of the stormwater drains are partially blocked and need cleaning out.
Area Number Two
One other problem we picked up during the inspection was the weeps holes along the garage wall; they have been completely covered with a footpath.
Blocking of weep holes will definitely put this area of the building at high risk of termite attack.
The weep holes are put there to allow excessive moisture from condensation to weep out of the wall cavity as well as air to circulate, and they also aid as a good visual inspection during a termite inspection.
It is advisable to try and have them exposed again, as termites have direct access to the framework of the house. The wall studs are connected to the roof trusses, and termites love to build nests in roof voids which is why the roof void must be inspected as stated in the Australian standards AS 4349.3 and AS 3660.2.
Area Number Three
Gardens are also a concern for a termite technician when doing an inspection because this is where a chemical barrier would be placed, by means of digging a trench and flooding with a Termicide.
If the soil where the barrier has been put is disturbed by the homeowner while doing some planting, it may well void any warranties if termites breach the barrier in that area.
When any work is to be done in an area where a barrier has been installed, it’s important for the homeowner to call up the company that did the barrier for them to ask for advice, in regards as to what they can and can’t do in that area to prevent any warranty issues.
Does your home need a termite inspection doing, don’t leave it too late it could save you thousands of dollars?
The Australian standard states homes should have a termite inspection at least every 12 months.
Termites can cause huge problems within a home in a short space of time if gone unnoticed. Each homeowner should be mindful of the risks involved with not having a regular termite inspection carried out.
Homeowners should also be mindful of the type of plants they have and how close they put them to external walls. Keep areas around the perimeter of the home clear and free of stored items such as wood piles.
Weep-holes should always be kept clear to allow free air-flow to the wall cavity. The most important consideration is to have a 12-month inspection done by a professional and licensed termite company.
By following these simple step your home stands a better chance against termite attack.