Building and Pest Inspection Services throughout the Sydney Metropolitan Area
Our comprehensive inspection services are combined building and pest inspection. Our services are available across Sydney, including Penrith and Blacktown. Combined inspections are quite popular because they cover both timber pests and building defects. One in five Sydney homes falls victim to timber pests. These menacing pests slowly eat away at roofs, walls and floors which can lead to accidents due to diminished structural integrity. Thus, we have repeat clients who get annual inspections done by us to ensure their home is safe.
All Timbers Are at HIGH RISK of Termite Attack
Some of the timber pests include:
• Wood borers.
• Micro-organisms which cause wood rot and timber decay.
Commonly impacted (and thus, weakened) timber includes:
• Roofs and ceilings.
• Walls including structural, non-structural timber and drywall.
• Door Frames.
• Indoor and outdoor chairs and furniture.
• Internal and external stairs.
What Might Be Discovered During a Building and Pest Inspection?
As the Sydney climate provides moisture and warmth, pests find it easy to survive and even flourish. Building and pest inspections must be comprehensive and completed by experienced, licenced, and trustworthy inspectors.
Below are three of the most important things pest inspectors should check for:
• Evidence of any termite damage or any previous termite treatment.
• Evidence of any damage caused by timber borers.
• Evidence of wood rot.
All three must be investigated thoroughly to avoid any potential danger in timber structures such as rotten timber balconies, steps, railings etc.
Pre-Purchase Inspections for Sydney buyers:
Before you are locked into a contract, ensure you get a pre-purchase inspection. If you have already committed to a property purchase but are still within the cooling-off period, book an inspection today. Often the property vendors organise such inspections when they sell their properties. Some buyers opt to organise an independent inspection for their peace of mind. Being vigilant against pests that attack homes can save stress and money.
What Equipment is Used during a Pest Inspection?
Pest Inspections are performed using the following equipment and test instruments:
- Moisture meters.
- Thermal imaging cameras.
- Sounding equipment.
- Listening devices.
1. Moisture meters
Moisture meters detect moisture levels in walls and structures. They can help pinpoint plumbing leaks and moisture. Moisture build-up not only attracts pests, but it can indicate areas that need to be examined to ensure there are no rising damp, mould, or fungi.
Borescopes give inspectors visual access inside walls and other enclosed voids.
3. Thermal imaging cameras
By scanning the property with a thermal imaging camera, your inspector will be able to easily and accurately pinpoint temperature fluctuations. These cameras can further assist with locating damp areas. If an area is attracting moisture, it could be due to poor construction, prior damage, worn out seals and more.
4. Sounding equipment
Sounding equipment is used to identify any damaged wood or timber throughout the home. This is another non-invasive tool that is used to help provide a clear picture of what is happening in your walls, ceilings, roof cavities and under the floor.
5. Listening devices
Experienced and well-trained pest inspectors can use listening devices to literally hear if pests are active. To the expert ear, termites and other pests can be identified and further investigated.
What Happens After the Inspection?
After the inspection is complete the following details should be provided to the customer:
- Summary of all pests identified.
- Recommendation of proper pest management plans.
- The current integrity of the structure and structural components of the property.
By using the latest technology and testing instruments, building and pest inspectors can provide you with a comprehensive analysis of the property. From their report, you can make an informed choice on how to prioritise repairs, maintenance and any pest treatments that may be required. If you are looking to purchase a property, knowing exactly what is going on beyond eyesight can save you thousands.