Even though termites can be as small as a rice grain, they can cause a tremendous amount of damage to wooden structures if they’re given a chance to settle and reproduce. Avoid costly structural damage repair by acting fast, and contacting a professional termite inspector if you suspect or see signs of termite infestation. The regular termite inspection is also recommended for prevention and maintenance purposes.
Preliminary termite inspection steps – The termite inspector will first interview the property owner/resident to discuss about any termite evidence that was found.
Interior termite inspection – Using a flashlight and a small wood-probing tool like a hammer called a donger, the inspector will gently tap on wood areas to listen for hollow sounds and look for signs of termite invasion. The inspector will check all rooms inside the house/building, including cabinets, closets, water heater enclosures, etc. If any time within the process the hammer punches a hole in the wood or make a hollow sound, this may be an indicator of termite damage.
Exterior termite inspection – After examining the interior part of the property, the termite inspector will then check the exterior area, such as the foundation, walls/dividers, eaves, and any accessible plumbing. The inspector may remove electrical breaker box lids, and move items away from the walls and foundation to perform thorough inspection. However it is the responsibility of the home owners to clear and tidy their property beforehand in order to improve the visual access. Otherwise termite inspectors cannot perform their job in accordance to the Australian standards.
Miscellaneous areas – The inspector will as well check all sub-areas, basements, cellars, and lofts/attics. As such, the termite inspector will require an empty area around the entrance door to access a raised foundation crawl space, and will also have to access all attic entry points.
After the termite inspection – The entire termite inspection process will usually take anywhere from 1hour to 2-hours or more. After careful checking for signs of termite infestation, the inspector will explain the situation in detail. He should be able to discuss the different types of termites, where they are found, and the severity of infestation. He may also inform the property owner of possible structural damage that may need to be handled by other professionals. Of course, the inspector will provide available termite treatment options and how to proceed.
If you suspect termite presence in your property, better contact a termite specialist for immediate inspection to avoid further damage—and for your peace of mind.