Termite Inspections


Termites! One of the most costly and time consuming problems one can face as a homeowner. Millions of dollars are spent every year on termite treatment, extermination and prevention. Even in the face of these rising costs, homeowners can take preventative measures to ensure their termite treatment costs remain at a reasonable level. Homeowners do have options to reduce these costs. The termite inspection is a perfect option for the homeowner who wants to take a proactive approach to termite treatment. This measure, if done on a regular basis, can help reduce termite treatment costs over the long term and prevent extensive termite damage to your home.

In simple terms a termite inspection is a visual inspection of all accessible areas of your property to determine if there is any activity from timber destroying bugs or organisms. The inspection should take in the whole building, inside and out and should include any basements and any areas of crawlspace. The garden landscape including close by trees, wooden fences and buildings such as sheds etc. should all be covered in the full termite inspection. In properties where there is no basement or crawl space the attic space may be inspected especially if you reside in an area where dry-wood termites are common. The whole procedure should only take approximately 45 minutes, but it could save you thousands of dollars.

When you consider the possible damage a colony of termites can do to a home, the numbers can continue to crawl up over time. Spending a little more up front to locate the termites and eliminate them before they are able to cause much damage is obviously going to wind up saving you a bundle of money in the long run. Another benefit to using a thermal termite inspection is the will be no need to cause any damage to the location to find the termites. Most inspections will require an assessment through visualization which can require a portion or several portions of the home being cut open. Thermal does not ever require any areas of the home to be damaged in order to assess the home. It is all done with the thermal imager which detects the heat given off by the termites.

For those who are curious as what really goes on during an inspection, here is what you can expect. The inspectors will come in and inspect the structure which is usually the exterior parts for signs of termite activity. Rest assured that whether these termites are hiding under your floor board or walls, they will be identified and you don't have to worry about your home being destroyed in the process. If there is termite activity, the level of risk is identified and you will be given a few tips on how to prevent such infestations and a treatment quote. If the real condition of an area in your structure is not determined at the moment, further inspection may be required.

Also bear in mind that, termite inspections don't come cheap. They cost around $250-$350 per inspection. But, once your property is attacked by termites, you have no other option than to carry out these costly inspections because if you don't, your financial liabilities are going to be even higher as you will be getting a huge termite damage repair bill next time. So, to be on the safer side, it is always better to carry out these inspections at least once in a year even though they are bit costly.

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