This week we attended a property in Dundas to assess the property and to provide a free proposal for a timber pest management system. A while ago the residents noticed a moisture problem in a wall adjoining the bathroom and called out a tradesman to investigate. They removed the wall lining in the area of concern and they realised quite quickly that the moisture problem was, unfortunately, the least of their worries.
Once the internal lining was removed they noticed what they believed to termite damage. The big problem in this case is that the more wall lining and flooring they removed, the more damage they found.
The pictures below have been taken of the upstairs bathroom, (from above and below). You can see that the structural timbers are extensively damaged and will need to be replaced. The bathroom is currently being supported by load bearing construction props as it is not structurally sound. As a result of this infestation the residents have had to move out until the home is repaired and safe to live in again.
Below is a picture of the wall that adjoins the living room and garage. Our technician can put his screwdriver straight through the bottom plate; it’s not much stronger than cardboard at the moment. The wall studs in this area are also quite damaged. It’s is possible that most of the timbers here will also need replacing.
This picture shows more termite damage in the walls of the kitchen and dining room. Only some of the internal wall lining has been removed in these areas. Builders are in the process of removing all the internal wall lining and flooring to ascertain the full extent of the damage.
Timber Pest Inspections
Annual timber pest inspections are crucial to ensuring your home is not under attack from timber pests such as termites. Termites conceal themselves very well within voids and usually by the time the homeowner notices a problem it is too late. If termites remain undetected in a building for a long time they can literally destroy a home and it can obviously become quite expensive. The damage bill can and regularly does run into the tens of thousands of dollars, especially when structural timbers are damaged.
How to treat termites
A timber pest inspection will cover all readily accessible areas of your property – Internal, external, roof void, sub-floor and outbuildings (sheds, garages etc). Timber pest inspections take approximately 2 hours to complete on an average sized 3 bedroom home and our Timber Pest Inspectors will build a detailed written report on – Any visual evidence of timber pest activity and the extent of the activity and/or damage located. A summary of any timber pest/s identified and a brief description of the potential damage they could to cause to your property.
How susceptible your property is to Termite attack, by looking at elements in the environment of your property will make it more conducive to infestation and make recommendations for improving the environment around the property, making it lest suitable for Subterranean Termites and other timber pests. Once the timber pest inspection is complete we can provide you with a property management proposal plan that best suits your home to ensure that it is protected in the future against attack from termites.
At Amalgamated Pest Control, we have highly trained and customers focused timber pest technicians and we have a great range of products and management options to suit all construction methods. Don’t take the chance of termite infestation damage and costly repairs, book in a timber inspection today.
If you would like more information on how to manage termite problems at your property, call Amalgamated Pest Control Sydney.
1300 127 748