What Attracts Termites?

Queensland is home to summer storms, humid weather and wooden properties which are three perfect environments for termites to thrive. The condition and location of your property are two of the biggest factors which determine if termites will thrive in your home and while you may not be able to escape Queensland’s iconic weather, you can ensure your property is maintained well enough to keep termites at bay.

Garden Beds

Having wood, plants or garden beds up against your property will make it easy for termites to get in from the ground. Termites like to feed and even nest in dark, moist areas and as Queensland’s summer is humid enough, try not to create another perfect environment for termites to thrive.

Keep your gardens with a six-inch buffer from the walls or foundations of your property and avoid wetting the house when watering the gardens. This will keep the walls and foundations dry as possible and termites absent in the backyard of your property.

Walls and Floorboards

Once termites have set foothold in your property, they will head straight for the wooden walls and floorboards. Inside the walls and amongst the beams of your property is a popular spot, especially those which are adjoining to the kitchen, laundry, and bathroom (damp areas). Ensure all pipes, guttering, downpipes, taps and air conditioning units are in good repair and not leaking water.

Cellulose

Termites get their nutrition from cellulose which is the substance of wood and grass. Cellulose is one of the most common and durable substances on earth hence it being hard to avoid and making termites a common factor in Queensland homes.

If you’re building a new home, use pressure treated timber or naturally resistant woods like redwood, or you can avoid using wood altogether. If you’re living in an already established property, APM solutions can provide chemical treatments which create a barrier against termite infestations.

Do you have termites?

Warning signs to look for, include:

  • Floor boards that sound hollow when tapped, or holes in wood
  • Cracked or bubbling paint on the windows, skirting boards or architraves
  • Damp walls, in and around areas which have poor drainage during summer storms
  • Mud tunnels, on the exterior of the house
  • Termite droppings, which look like saw dust on the floor

If you have noticed any of the above warning signs in your Queensland property, contact APM Solutions today. If termites are present in addition to other pests such as cockroaches, mice or fungi, our pest inspector will go through your most suited solution to prevent any further damage including the installation of a termite barrier.

Buying: Is your new home hazard free?

Buying your dream home often comes with an overwhelming feeling of excitement and while you focus on your natural lit hallway, an entertainment balcony or rainfall shower head, you can often turn a blind eye to the common hazards lurking within the property.

Although building inspections are not a safety audit, experienced inspectors can identify what needs to be done to make your dream home comfortable and safe.

Absent Smoke Alarms

By law, smoke alarms must be installed on or near the ceiling in a hallway or an area close to bedrooms. If you have just purchased a multi-storey home, a smoke alarm will need to be installed on each level. While you’re busy walking in and out of every bedroom, you may forget to look up and check out the ceiling. This is what your building inspector will do for you, ensuring it complies with the Australian Standard.

High Risk Structures

Your entertainment balcony is now large enough to host all your family and friends for a house-warming BBQ, so having your building inspector identify if it has been well maintained, free of termite damage, fungal decay and rot is necessary. Although it might look strong and appealing, you may need to get some structural work done so the balcony can safely hold a crowd of people.

Hot Water Tempering Devices

If you are the first buyer of your dream home since 2013, your hot water system will unlikely meet the current standards. Don’t fret, your building inspector will be able to identify whether your hot water system is delivering water which is heated to minimum of 60 degrees Celsius to prevent the growth of bacteria, and then distributed to taps of all sanitary fixtures (baths, shower, basin) at a maximum of 50 degrees Celsius to avoid scalding-related injuries. If not, your building inspector will be able to point you in the right direction of a licensed plumber so you can be under your rainfall shower head in no time at all.

Time and time again, we see dream homes look perfect but are later revealed to have defects – often fixable but it can be costly. Don’t be caught out, get a FREE Quote for your building inspection with APM Solutions today.

What makes a good building inspection report?

Whether you are buying your dream home or an investment property, a building inspection report will help determine the health and value of the house and ultimately assist you in your buying decision.

As an independent information tool, a building inspection report should include enough information for you to be aware of the property’s condition and know any complications that are present or could eventually occur. If the house has termite damage or structural decay, you are better of knowing before you buy as it may determine your overall buying decision, or allow you to address the damage before it gets too bad to repair.

A good building inspection report will clearly set out the areas within the property which were inspected, inaccessible or obstructed and therefore not inspected. Some building reports will include a visual inspection but this alone can be limiting and make it hard to identify any structural or hidden damage of the property.

Remember, the format and amount of details in the building inspection report will be dependent on the type of property which is being inspected; its size, age and condition. To give you an idea of what to expect, a building inspection report from APM Solutions is formatted into six sections;

  • Service Details
  • Inspection Summary
  • Building and Inspection Report
  • Building Maintenance Responsibilities
  • Property Reporting Terms and Definitions
  • Overall Report

A good building inspection report should be clear, concise, easy to read and always in compliance with the Australian Standard AS 4349.1. Building inspections aren’t just for home buyers. Thinking of selling or renovating? Get a FREE Building Inspection quote with APM Solutions today.