Pest Inspection Sydney
Why a timber pest inspection?
Every year thousands of homes are infested by termites or other wood destroying pests. In-fact one in every three house we inspect has been subjected to some form of timber pest attack. As a home purchaser you need to know if these pests are settled in the property before investing your money. Termites are the most organized enemy you'll ever face. They are tough, intelligent, determined and highly efficient. Their impact cannot be easily detected until they have succeeded with causing internal structural damage.
Timber pests that damage timber specifically include subterranean and damp wood termites, borers of seasoned timber and wood decay fungi.
Generally the purpose of a timber pest inspection in a building is to assess the following:
(a) Evidence of timber pests.
(b) Severity of damage caused by timber pests.
(c) Susceptibility of building to infestation by timber pests.
(d) Remedial and protective measures required.
(e) Further investigations required.
What is involved in a timber pest inspection?
Since the work of termites cannot be easily identified, Home Inspectors of Sydney, Timber Pest inspections will involve both exterior and interior coverage.
To begin, the inspector will check tree stumps, fencing timbers, window frames and other external timbers for signs of termite damage, borer damage, and active infestations of any wood destroying organisms, such as wood decay. The inspector will also look for conducive conditions like leaking gutters, disconnected downpipes, and timber in contact with ground and wood right next to the house.
Inside the property, the inspector will look for damaged skirting boards, door jambs, timber floors, and other timbers which have visible evidence of timber pest damage or activity. The inspector will observe to see if there leaking toilet pies, shower recesses and other plumbing problems, which can cause rot or attract termites. If there is a tile shower, the inspector will run the water for 5 minutes, and then look under the house for leaks.
The inspection will also involve the inspector in crawling under the house and look for evidence of decay, ventilation problems and damp soil/or excessive moisture. While under the house the inspector will look for termite trails, such as mud tubes along the piers or foundation walls. The inspector will comment on any conducive conditions present under the house, such as form work in contact with ground and deficiencies in ant caps.
The inspector will poke suspect timber to see if the timber is sound. Undamaged wood will splinter, whilst damaged wood will break off feasibly.
After the subfloor the inspector will crawl inside the roof void and look for timber pest damage and associated conducive conditions.
Finally, your report will be prepared on site using our state of the art computer software. The report will detail the problems, and then you have the option to discuss any findings and possible remedies with your inspector.