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Pre-Purchase Inspections – Termite Physical Barrier

Building and Pest Inspections – Physical Termite Barriers

Termite Physical Barrier

A common problem detected during many Pre-Purchase Building and Pest Inspections is referred to as “Bridging” of termite barriers.

The term barrier is a little misleading because the purpose of a physical termite barrier such as an “ant cap”, metal termite barrier, or exposed slab edge is to make termites visible to an inspection process rather than to prevent termites entering a dwelling. Bridging refers to the covering up of the inspection zone created by the barrier providing a bridge for termites to enter undetected.

In this photograph, the wall is placed over the edge of the slab without the installation of a physical barrier. This can allow termites to come up beside the house slab edge and enter the wall frame behind the cladding without being visible to any inspection. If a physical termite barrier was installed the termites would be forced to go around the edge of the barrier and become visible.

If you have this conditions conducive type of defect in your report please follow the recommendations. If these conditions conducive defects are ignored they greatly increase the risk of termite problems occurring in the future. If the cost of retrofitting a physical termite barrier is too high the risk can be mitigated by installing a chemical barrier to the area.

ABIS building and pest inspections are conducted to the highest standard by building inspectors with a minimum of 10 years experience together with the highest professional qualifications in their field. ABIS has been in business over 27 years conducting both building and timber pest inspections.

Our highly recommended home inspectors are all long term trusted employees not here today gone tomorrow sub-contractors. ABIS Inspectors are supported by a unique computer aided inspection system and the latest inspection equipment such as high sensitivity thermal cameras costing thousands of dollars that others don’t often have.

When you book a pre-purchase inspection with ABIS, our friendly local (they know the area and are not in a interstate or overseas call centre) staff will make the whole process easy for you. Our Office team make all the arrangements with you, your agent, the vendor, the tenant (if there is one) and you will be sent an email to confirm the inspection time along with a pre-engagement letter which covers the scope of the inspection. Good communication and local knowledge are key to you getting the most out of your building and pest inspection. We are always happy to answer all your questions and you are most welcome to be on site when we do the inspection. Our technology, systems and processes also mean you get your high quality report shortly after your inspection is completed.

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