Termites eat cellulose which is obviously in wood but also many other products such as paper, cardboard, chipboard and many materials such as fabric and canvas.
To answer the question, how do termites eat wood?……The simple answer is………… from the inside out.
Timber affected by termites visually looks sound but it is not until someone or something applies physical pressure to this timber does it become known that it has already been demolished.
Termites are masters of eating out wood to the point of …….almost collapsing.
Unfortunately for home owners, it is not until they notice something on the outside of the wood inside their home is the damage already done.
This large timber floor support bearer will certainly need replacing and can only be done by pulling up the floor boards which are nailed into it above.
Prevention is always better than cure and like how cars have paint to protect the metal from rust, timber frame homes should have adequate termite protection to protect against termite attack.
If you are based on the Gold Coast and would like your home professionally inspected with the latest hi-resolution thermal camera or would like a quote for termite protection for your home, just give us a call on 0459 166 396 or contact us via email.