Even if your home is not made of timber, it is still at risk of termite attack. As a matter of fact, steel-framed houses are as susceptible as houses framed with wood. Not only do termites attack the structure of the house, they also cause damage to carpets, books, artworks, plastics, plasterboards and electrical insulation.
It has been recommended under Australian standard AS3660.2 that termite inspections be carried out every year or as frequently as possible depending on the necessity. However, bear in mind that inspections DO NOT hinder termites from attacking your homes; inspections are a way to gain valuable information from termite experts to help you reduce – if not totally avoid – termite infestations.
Termite Barriers Are Not Enough
New homes are now built with termite barriers, but you might be surprised that they are actually not designed to prevent termites from getting in. The only thing they do is make termites easy to spot during inspections. Therefore, it is imperative that an inspection is carried out for the barrier to fully serve its purpose. It must then be done regularly to ensure termites are found early and prevent further damage to your property.
Save More With Regular Inspections
Not conducting regular termite inspections can be very expensive. Why? Generally, home insurances do not cover termite damages and some building warranties can be revoked if regular inspections are not carried out. Imagine the amount of money you will have to shell out when you have to repair the damages caused by these pests.
Termites can damage a structure quite quickly. To avoid having to deal with such damage, it is always best to be vigilant about protecting your property against possible termite infestations. Hire a trusted pest control service to take care of the inspections on a regular basis, using standard termite detection methods to make sure that the inspections are done properly and thoroughly. After all, prevention is always better than cure.