A professional termite inspection is like a health check for your home. When we carry out an inspection, although we are looking for termites, we’ll also let you know if we find for other timber pests such as mould, wood decay and borers. But most importantly we are also looking for conditions or maintenance issues around your home that may make your house more likely to be attacked by termites – leaking showers, poor drainage, stored materials and more.
With termite damage not covered by standard home insurance, the various governments, building authorities and Australian Standards, recommend a comprehensive termite inspection at least annually, sometime more often in areas of high termite pressure. It really is the very least a property owner should do to protect their most valuable asset.
Termite inspections are visual inspections, we can only inspect those areas to which we have access. If you have areas with lots of stored goods, which may prevent access or inspection, particularly in areas where you have concern, you should make every effort to improve access. Areas where access can often be restricted include the roof void, sub-floor and garage (just the places termites like to do their damage!).
You will need to be present during the inspection. Not only does this give you the opportunity to highlight any areas of concern, but also it is important so that you can provide access to all areas of the property.
The inspection itself will take at around 1.5 hours, but we can provide an estimate for the duration of the inspection once we know the size and construction type of your property.
(Asking how long the inspection will take is a good question to ask any pest control company you are considering of contracting. If they estimate less than an hour for an average house, it is likely they will not be doing a thorough inspection. Also be aware of companies that offer a free “termite checks” in Sydney. These are not the same as a comprehensive inspection and provide little in the way of protection to homeowners if the ‘inspector’ misses something).
The inspector is able to provide a verbal summary of findings at the end of the inspection, but the complete inspection report is the important document. We will provide our termite inspection report by email immediately on completion of the inspection. If you don’t have an email address, it will be posted to you. This will contain a complete list of the findings; any termite activity on the property, a list of visible termite damage and any conducive conditions found that would make the property more attractive to termite attack. It will also contain a list of recommendations and termite treatments, if required.
We are happy to discuss the report if you have any questions, once you have read the document.
Although we use the latest “standard” termite detection equipment during an inspection such as moisture meters and Termatrac termite detectors, property owners have the opportunity to upgrade their inspection to a full thermal imaging termite inspection, for absolute peace of mind.
The standard termite inspection is only a visual inspection (we do not move things or drill into walls), which means we may sometimes recommend a further invasive inspection (drill into walls to get a better look), to confirm whether there is a termite problem or not.
Detecting the subtle signs of termite activity is certainly a job for the professional, but there are some obvious signs to look out for:
If you notice any of these, between one inspection and the next, give us a call immediately
All these actions can disturb the termites, only for them to re-appear somewhere else in the house. If the termites are not there, it makes it very difficult to treatment them! So, however tempting it make be to investigate yourself, please give us a call immediately