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.