Well as the warm weather quickly approaches us the excitement for summer festivities starts to take hold. In Australia we love the idea of a good feed in the great outdoors just on dusk, however the appetising smell of the ever reliable BBQ that we all love brings with it a rather annoying aspect in terms of insects. Contrary to what you may be thinking I am not talking about flies or mosquitos, but TERMITES and the FLYING TERMITES that we all see as the night closes in.
These annoying FLYING TERMITES love the warm humid nights as when there is moisture in the air the TERMITE COLONY senses it. Being the moisture lovers that they are, this is the best time to fly from the nest and to start an entirely new colony and your home could just be next timber food source for these airborne timber borers.
I think sometimes it's not what you know about the chemical, but you have to understand how termites work and understanding different building techniques is very important whether it be a brick veneer home, whether it be a full brick or whether it be a Besa Block constructed building. Whether it be a raft slab, an in fill slab or whether it's on bearers and joists. And certainly we have done homes that are full brick. Full brick construction, but yet termites have made it upstairs into the roof line because there's a break in a roof tile or two, the water's running down the roofing timbers, finds its cavity on the external walls of the building, runs in that brick cavity, the termites find that moisture. Because the bricks are porous, they retain the moisture and away they go.
We recently had a referral from a happy customer & did a Termite Inspection on a property in the Hills District. Now nothing unusual about doing a Termite Inspection except that the building in question was of full brick construction on a concrete slab. Again, what makes this property any different to the rest....allow me to explain.
Imagine a 3 story property with brick walls external and internal with no timber frames anywhere, with each of the 3 flooring levels being built from concrete. Now this being said even the staircases were built from concrete, the comment by the home owner still rings in my ear:
“You won't find any Termites here” he said with some confidence. I said to him:
“We have heard that comment plenty of times”.