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Termite Risk Management: How Do I Know If My Property Is At Risk?

Termite infestation is the last thing you want to encounter in your home. We live in a beautiful part of the world, but Queensland does have a high incidence of termite infestations.

CSIRO studies identified termite risks across Australia. The risk to an unprotected home on the Sunshine Coast can be higher than 1 in 3 homes being attacked!

Therefore one of the best investment decisions that a Queensland property owner can make is Termite Protection. You can rely on the team at Termite Doctors to assist you in taking a pre-emptive approach toward termite risk management.

Conditions That Can Result to Termite Infestations

The possibility of termite infestation is much higher in certain conditions.
  • Termites are drawn to moisture being collected around a structure. This is usually caused by leaky plumbing pipes or water not properly flowing into the drainage.
  • Bathrooms are also ideal environments for termites to thrive as it provides them with wood, warmth and moisture.
  • Any ground-to-wood contact is a typical place for termites to go to. Examples are wooden fences that are directly built-in the soil, as well as your wooden deck.
  • Too much cellulose debris or any type of excess wood, like firewood logs and construction lumber that are left against the structure, could all be invaded by termites.
  • Plants that are too close to a structure can produce trapped moisture, which may eventually attract termites.

Termite Risk Management Procedures

Here are effective precautionary measures that could promote proper termite risk management:

Structural Design and Construction

  • When building/designing a new structure, it is highly recommended to use termite-proof materials, such as concrete slabs, termite-resistant timber or steel frames to prevent them from being penetrated by termites. As an alternative, you can also protect a structure by means of a physical or chemical barrier. Just keep in mind that this should be in accordance with the Australian Standard AS3660.1. Also, regular maintenance and inspections should be implemented to make sure that your preventive methods are still safe and effective.

Property Acquisition

  • Before purchasing a property with an already built structure, it is best to first have a termite inspection conducted by a specialist.
  • A fully inspected the property should come with a comprehensive report providing details of any termite-related issues. Any termite management system should also be stated in the report.

Other Preventive Measures

  • Having good drainage and grading around your property can help in ensuring that the soil surrounding the structure remains dry.
  • When you discover any water leaks, take action immediately.
  • Plants should never be allowed to grow near exposed wood.
  • A termite inspection reviews any termite activity and/or damage in your home and grounds and monitors ever-changing environmental conditions around our properties.

How fast can termites invade your home?

Early detection is the best way to prevent termites from reaching the stage of home infestation. It is highly advised to be in the lookout for:
  • Timber that easily breaks which has thin layers of wood in between.
  • Any cracks or holes, and fine dust residue in timber and plaster.
  • Termite mud tubes or material around external footings/brickwork, or internal fittings like electrical plugs or service pipes.

If you suspect a termite infestation or are concerned about any termite damage found in your home, call Sunshine Coast Termite Doctors on 0403 979 856 to book a free site assessment.

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