Termite Inspection Sydney
Your Best Defence Against Termites
Australia is one of the most termite-infested countries in the world with over 350 species of termites. Approximately 20 of these are destructive pests that can cause immense damage to our homes. Left to thrive, termites have a very high appetite for cellulose-based products such as timbers, furniture, and woods. If not detected early, these creatures can destroy your most valuable items or the building itself.
That’s why frequent termite inspection is recommended. As a homeowner, it’s your duty to hire a certified pest exterminator to conduct the inspection. Only then, you can detect termite infestation early enough before they spread and cause damage. Otherwise, you might be too late to find your home destroyed.
How to prepare for a termite inspection
After booking an appointment for your home inspection, you should prepare for it. Before the exterminator arrives, put things in order so that the process runs smoothly. The following are the things you should do as part of the preparations;
1. Rearrange the house
Move all items placed on the floor to other positions. Inspectors pay close attention to places like bathrooms and kitchen floors. So, remove all items from the floor to allow free flow during the inspection.
2. Clear the entrance
If your house foundation is high, you need to clear the crawl space. This will make it easy for the inspector to inspect the floor without lifting objects.
3. Tend to the landscape
Remember inspection isn’t concentrated only inside the house. You should make sure that the surrounding area is also clean. Clearing the bushes and trimming the flowers assist the termite inspector in their inspection work.
4. Create a pathway to the attic
Establish a clear path to the attic before the inspector arrives. Termites are fond of these places thus thorough inspection is necessary to ensure all threats are reported.
Termite inspection process
A termite inspection is majorly a visual process. However, pest control technicians may rely on advanced tools to examine and draw their conclusions. These tools are helpful especially when inspecting constricted sections of your home.
The process involves combining the entire property looking for any signs of the termite presence. It is a crucial endeavor for your home or when buying a new house. It ensures that you don’t miss any imminent danger of termite attacks.
Qualified termite exterminators are trained to identify termite entry points and their damages. They also understand the conditions that favor termite infestation. Through thorough inspection, they can tell whether your home is already invaded or vulnerable. The inspectors do this by assessing several factors and components in your compound. The following are the key areas technicians will focus on when inspecting your home;
1. Interior and exterior parts of the building
The entire building needs a thorough inspection. Each room should be inspected in turn applying advanced tools such as moisture meters.
The exterior parts of the house are the termite entry points. Therefore, the inspector should check these areas with utmost keenness. Any concealments adjacent to the property should be thoroughly inspected for accurate reporting.
2. The surrounding area
The surrounding structures, garden beds, and stumps could be the thriving grounds for termites. The inspector should look out for any factors that could favor termite infestation around the home.
3. The roof spaces
Termites are a great enemy of timber. The inspector should crawl through the roof checking out the state of the timbers on the roof. This may require switching off the electricity mains to climb and navigate through the roof spaces.
Tools used for inspection
Thermal imaging camera
Both living and nonliving things give out infrared heat. Initially, this principle was used by military personnel in surveillance missions. The best example of modern devices using this technology are binoculars, night viewing, and measuring devices.
Largely, infrared thermal imaging cameras are used to detect faults in buildings. However, a modified model was designed to test the presence of termites. Although, the method requires high precision and expertise since it penetrates only the first 1/1000 of an inch. So, termites must be in large numbers to generate detectable heat.
Technicians use borescopes to inspect the hard-to-reach sections of your home. This component comprises a hollow pipe, display, and objective lenses. The light travels through the hollow pipe to illuminate the target sections of the house. Then the technician can see any evidence of termite infestations.
In some instances, you may be forced to drill a hole. But you can also avoid this if there is a free space behind wall points.
There are two categories of moisture meters used by pest exterminators. The pin-less and pin type. The pin-less moisture meters scan the general surface using radio frequencies to check the presence of internal moisture. They are useful when inspecting impenetrable surfaces.
Conversely, the pin moisture meters penetrate surfaces to extract exact moisture readings. They are more accurate than their counterparts even though they cover lesser areas. For best results, most technicians use both meters to determine the termite-friendly moisture.
Acoustic emission devices
Due to vibrations and movement when feeding, termites produce noise in the woods. Acoustic emission devices amplify this noise to establish the presence or absence of termites. However, wall covering and background noise can affect the efficiency of this tool. Noise detection can only extend as far as 80cm along the surface and less than 10cm across.
Electronic odor detectors
Termites produce methane gas. Therefore, the presence of the same may mean possible termite infestation in your home. However, the tool’s efficiency is not guaranteed.
Of all the termites’ detection devices, this is the most comprehensive tool. It incorporates both thermal and moisture sensors. It also has a reporting feature for ease of client report generation. One of the major advantages of Termatrac T3i is that it is non-intrusive. That means it doesn’t interfere with the physical appearance of your home. No wall, ceilings, or floors penetration.
The addition of a remote thermal sensor with an inbuilt laser guide makes this tool more advanced. This feature enables the technician to focus and study all the wall characteristics that may point to the presence of termites.
Advantages of using advanced termite inspection tools
- They increase the efficiency of the technician undertaking the inspection.
- The use of advanced termite detectors gives the pest exterminator and the firm a professional outlook. With that in mind, more people trust and contract their services.
- The tools boost your confidence that there is no termite threat at your home.
- Some tools help you to access and inspect even inaccessible parts in your home. The fact that you don’t need to bulldoze your way in means fewer damages. Thus, making the process cheaper.
- The use of termite detection devices accompanied by a report generator feature lowers the chances of legal litigation.
Termite inspection report
After termite inspection, the attending technician should write an inspection report. The report should meet the Australian Standards of report writing. It should include the property description, areas inspected and those omitted. If there are omissions, the technician must indicate why. In general, a termite inspection report will bear the following contents;
- The overall state of the property and the factors that may favor termite infestation.
- Recommendation on the best method to prevent termite attacks in the future.
- If the property already has termites, the report should capture the extent of damage caused.
- The current state of the termite protection system; if any.
- The property history of termite treatment.
- Structural faults on the property as a result of termite attack. These can be on the roof, floor, and walls.
Benefits of the professional termite inspection
If you are wondering why you need a professional termite exterminator to inspect your home, below are the reasons;
If you are a homeowner planning to conduct an inspection yourself, think twice. You can’t match the accuracy and efficiency of professional termite inspectors. These people are trained and have experience with pests. Termites can hide for months in your house without detecting them. That’s why it’s necessary to hire a professional who knows what to look out for and where.
2. Reduced repair cost
All homeowners know how expensive the repairs can be. If termites attack your property and go unnoticed, this expenditure goes higher. A periodic inspection ensures that you notice any signs of infestation early enough before the damages are out of hand.
In case a problem is detected during inspection, the technician draws a schedule of events. So, you remain in control of your home status. The scheduled inspection and maintenance activities give you peace of mind knowing your home is secure. You are sure that your inspector will notify you of any problems and recommend solutions.
If at some point you decide to sell your house, you can produce the reports as proof of safety. Such documents serve to confirm to the potential buyers that the home is free from termite threats.
4. Home safety
Professional termite inspectors know where to apply pesticides and other pest control products. Actually, most Australian exterminators are turning to green solutions. So, they are sure their activities do not endanger the inhabitants. They’ll also notify you whenever they want to apply too strong products and advise accordingly.
5. Other pest detection
Professional inspectors will also look out for any other pests other than termites. They note any conditions that may favor future pest infestation on your property. This is an added advantage since you don’t need to hire a different technician to inspect other pests.
Symptoms of termite infestation
You don’t have to wait until the next inspection as indicated in the schedule. You can notice signs of termites if you are keen. Below are top tell-tale signs that your home is under termite attack;
- Mud tubes
- Fallen termite wings
- Blisters on the wooden floor
- Hollowed woods behind surfaces
- Power failures
- Plaster and paint cracks
Cost of the termite inspection
The cost of the termite inspection is not fixed. It depends on a number of factors such as the size of your home, accessibility, type of termites, and their infestation level. If already infected, the damage caused determines how much to pay the pest exterminator.
The average cost of a termite inspection in Sydney is between $250–350. The bigger the home the higher the charges.
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Whether you are a homeowner or intend to purchase one, a termite inspection is a crucial process. You can’t afford to underestimate the threat of termites. A professional inspection should give you the actual state of the house. Before contracting an inspector, ensure that they are certified. You can also go a notch higher to inquire about their methods and whether they provide a warranty. To get the best deals, contact several companies, listen to their offers, and pick the best.
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