At All Building & Pest Inspections Timber Pest Inspection is a
careful and thorough inspection of the property with a focus upon identifying
and reporting on evidence of Timber Pest Activity, Conditions Conducive to
Timber Pests, Evidence of Pest Management Systems, and Risk Management Options.
We conduct an examination of timber
and other accessible materials or areas susceptible to attack by timber pests
including: Structural timbers in the framework of the building including
bearers, joists & rafters. Joinery including finishes to the building such
as moulding, architraves, skirtings, doors, windows & cupboards. Timber products
in outdoor areas such as landscaping timbers, fences, logs, sleepers, tree stumps Any other visible susceptible timber materials such as bridges, pergolas,
stored items containing cellulose, builder's debris & formwork.
Sounding - Using a taper to identify timber elements which sound hollow or have
Probing - Using a probe to identify timber made soft by decay, termites ,
delignification, or borers.
Electronic Moisture Detecting Meter - Used to identify excessive moisture created by termites or conditions
conducive to timber pest attack.
Timber pests Specifically Addressed are:
Fungal Decay, Wood Borers, Termites,
Chemical Delignification, Conditions conducive to timber pest attack, which
include: inadequate sub floor ventilation, presence of excessive moisture,
untreated or non durable timber used in hazardous areas , Bridging or breaching of termite barrier
systems, inadequate slab edge exposure.
All Building & Pest Inspections timber pest inspections includes inspection of the
following areas where appropriate access is available
- Visually inspect all subfloor areas including
foundation walls, piers, behind plumbing pipes, air/heat ducts, under loose
timbers, builder's debris, & stored materials.
- Visually inspect and test timber members such
as bottom plates, base plates, bearers, joists & the underside of
flooring, & all other timbers especially those close to plumbing &
- Visually inspect and test all timber members
in contact with soil, such as stumps, posts & formwork or any other cellulose containing
- Visually inspect and test soil around piers
& foundation walls, noting the existence & condition of termite shields.
- Visually inspect any electrical junction boxes
& conduit for evidence of subterranean termite mud-packing or shelter
- Visually inspect and test any other susceptible areas or timber.
- Visually inspect and
test interior walls, ceilings, partitioning, stairways, flooring, skirting
boards, cupboards, & timbers around windows & doors.
- Visually inspect
behind plumbing & around pipe penetrations through slab-on-ground
construction with particular attention to all timbers adjacent to plumbing or
- Visually inspect in
& around fireplaces from floor to ceiling as masonry absorbs moisture &
fireplaces often contain voids for subterranean termite nests.
- Visually inspect and test any other susceptible
areas or timber.
- Visually inspect eaves, window & door
frames & walls, noting obstruction of vents or "weepholes"
& signs of activity or excessive moisture such as defective drainage,
plugged or damaged gutters & inadequate sealing against
- Visually inspect and test any timber members
that rest on or extend into concrete or soil such as supporting posts on
- Visually inspect paths & driveways
abutting the building.
- Visually inspect and test stairways, decks,
handrails & external joinery in general.
- Visually inspect and test rafters such as
those in the carport or garage that protrude from the roof or eaves area.
If the building has a flat roof, note any areas that will retain water
which could serve as a moisture source for subterranean termites.
- Visually inspect and test landscaping timbers,
fences, logs, pool surrounds, garden boxes or tubs, firewood, paving
blocks, & sleepers.