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Timber Fence Palings In Ground Contact

No 2. Timber Fence Palings In Ground Contact

Palings In Ground Contact

This Timber Fence Palings In Ground Contact defect is very common and appears in many ABIS Building and Pest Inspections. Simply if timber fence palings are installed so they are in contact with the ground the life of that fence is greatly reduced. There is a common misconception that this is not a problem if the palings are treated. The problem here is that the type of treatment applied to most palings available form timber yards are not appropriate for timber in contact with the ground. In most cases treated paling in ground contact will be affected by timber pests within 10 years of their installation.

The good news is that the solution to this problem is to simply ensure there is a minimum 30mm gap between the bottom of the palings and the ground. This can be done be re-attaching the paling 30mm higher or by cutting 30mm off the bottom of the palings.

The important thing to remember that timber that is in contact with the damp ground or damp masonry such as walls below the damp proof course will have an elevated moisture content, and timber with a moisture content above 17% will be affected by timber pest unless specially treated.

The problem is not that timber gets wet when it rains, but rather that the timber is in contacted with dampness when the rain has stopped.

We often identify Termite Activity and Fungal Decay Activity in during ABIS pre-Purchase Inspections where paling are in contact with the ground. Somtimes this is only a few years after installation of the fence.

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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