I was recently asked to attend to home on the canals in Broadbeach Waters to assess a termite concern.
Termites were found by the tenant in the housing for the pool pump.
Since it had been over 12 months since the last full termite inspection, it was agreed by the home owner that I should go through it with a “fine tooth comb”.
As a Termite Inspection is part of non-destructive testing, I issued a report and with permission of the owner, an invasive inspection with our borescope was conducted in this area.
As per my suspicions, unfortunately for the home owner, active termites were located in this area and it was clear that the bottom plate was heavily damaged.
I applied a controlling agent into the wall cavity to cease the current activity. The wall sheeting will need to be removed in a few weeks time and the damages will need to be assessed and rectified by a qualified builder and appropriate tradesmen.
As in this Broadbeach Waters situation, I understand and respect that finding termites inside a home is never a good feeling for the owner.
We do see this situation commonly and yes, it is unfortunate for the owner but a large victory for them is that they actually had a professional inspector find something inside a wall that no-one was aware of. Therefore, a full termite treatment can be installed and damages are kept to a very minimum.
If you are amongst a very large percentage of people that are unlucky enough to have termites in your home, finding it as early as possible is the key.
When questions about termites arise, there is always an endless trail of stories and confusion to be found.
Before you head off with your upcoming knowledge on how to look for termites yourself, I as an open minded, highly experienced licenced professional, feel it is very important that you know that:
1. There are 5 common species of subterranean termites that we encounter in S/E Qld and they all have different appearances, habbits and leave different evidence.
2. There are dry wood termites also which create another whole batch of stories.
3. Different building styles significantly change the areas to concentrate on when looking for evidence of any of the termite species.
This combination of circumstances often makes every situation unique in some way or another but in a general sense, here are some basic techniques you can use to help detect termites in your home.
Techniques such as applying pressure (use the handle end of a long screwdriver for DIY’ers) to exposed timbers can give an indication of “there is nothing left but the paint” or there can be a “hollow or dead sound” when these timbers are tapped against.
Using a very good torch is vital. You would be looking for any “warping” in the paint or any “termite mudding or workings” between joins of any part of the structure.
Beyond these very basic techniques, electronic devices such as our industry leading thermal camera -FLIR E60bx can provide detection when used by highly experienced professionals. The old “point and shoot” mentality with a cheap $3,000 thermal camera just won’t cut it sorry.
See here as our Thermal Camera detects termperature variation due to termite mudding in a wall with no visual evidence to the naked eye.
During your DIY inspection, if you have found anything of concern and now feel that you require a full and professional termite inspection, please just contact us on 0459 166 396 and let the real investigation and problem solving begin.
A combination of knowledge, experience, friendliness and actually doing what is right for the home owner is what Conquer Termites Gold Coast are, and will always be proud of 🙂