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How Significant is the Termite Problem?

Termite Problem Significance

Our Analysis of Termite Inspections on 3000 Homes Found

22% had active termites on site. Of these, only 4% of properties however, had active termites actually within the dwelling. The remaining 18% were found in fencing, retaining walls or elsewhere in the yard. In addition, only 1.5% of properties inspected had extensive active termite infestation and significant termite damage to the dwelling.

Signs of past termite damage were evident in 45% of all properties inspected. Only 15% however, showed damage to the dwelling itself. Only 36% of properties inspected indicated some form of past termite treatment, yet 86% of properties exhibiting previous damage had been previously treated, suggesting that most treatments for termites are performed as a reactive cure rather than as a preventative measure.

Conditions Conducive to Termite Attack

  • 100% of all affected properties had bridged termite barriers.
  • 88% of all homes inspected had bridged barriers due to landscaping, paving, building extensions and modifications, pergolas, building in under highset homes, penetrations of the slab, and cladding
  • 94% had garden beds covering weep holes allowing easy and concealed access of termites
  • 77% had excessive moisture present. Key causes of which included:
    • Hot water heater or air conditioning outlets not connected to drains or directed away from the dwelling
    • Defective or missing rain water goods including flashing, guttering and down pipes
    • Poor site drainage
    • Poor waterproofing of showers and sinks including cracked tiles and missing sealant

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.

And all this for an incredible low price.

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Area Map The Peninsula Moreton Bay Area East Brisbane Redland Bay Area Gold Coast Ipswich Brisbane West Brisbane Northside Brisbane Southside Logan City

ABIS The 1st Choice in Building & Pest Inspections