DIY | Prepare your home for termite season | Water pooling against the external wall or in the sub-floor of your home

DIY | Prepare your home for termite season

  • Conditions that attract termites
  • Water pooling against the external wall or in the sub-floor of your home

In this series of Blog Posts I will be highlighting common issues or conditions around homes that attract termites or increase the risk of attracting termites. Many of these conditions can be easily corrected and often for very little cost.

Check all your taps, hot water system over flow and air conditioner condensation pipe and any sub-floor spaces you may have (Including under your deck)

Check all taps

  • Have leaking taps repaired
  • DIY or
  • Call The Plumbing Group on 1800 074 567 (We have used this plumbing company for years and find their technicians to be excellent and they always seem to have a technician available in the area for emergency jobs – very convenient)

Check the hot water overflow

  • Ideally it would be plumbed in

Example: Hot water system overflow pipe | Plumbed in

  • If not ‘plumbed in’ you can attach a piece of hose pipe and direct the moisture away from your sub-floor and or external wall (Be careful you don’t create a trip hazard)

Example: Hot water overflow pipe | Not plumbed in | This will cause water to drip against eternal wall

Check the Air Conditioner condensation pipe

  • Ideally it would be plumbed in
  • If not ‘plumbed in’ you can attach a piece of hose pipe and direct the moisture away from your sub-floor and or external wall (Be careful you don’t create a trip hazard)

Example: Air-conditioning condensation pipe | Not plumbed in | Will cause moisture to pool against external wall

Check the sub – floor of your deck / home for water pooling due to:

  • Look for evidence of leaks in  your home from under your sub-floor
    • DIY check your sub-floor often
  • Example: Leak in home found when inspecting the sub-floor

    Example: Leaks found during routine check of sub-floor area

  • Employ a Professional Termite Inspector to conduct a Full Visual Termite Inspection at least once a year | Call our office on 07 5472 0141 if you require this service
  • Rain water run off into sub-floor
    • Re-direct rain water run off
    • Install acquitted drainage to keep Sub-floor free of water pooling
  • Broken or blocked rain water down pipe
    • Repair clean yourself or
    • Call Phill at Under 1 Roof Home Services (See their website) or 0414 989 377 (My wife and I use Phill’s company for our own property)
  • Broken or blocked gutters
    • Repair clean yourself or
    • Call Phill at Under 1 Roof Home Services (See their website) or 0414 989 377 (My wife and I use Phill’s company for our own property)

Termites are relentless.

So are we.

Call our office on 07 5472 0141 if you require more information or advice.

My wife and I have been working with the Cooroy Termite & Pest Control team for 10 years now. We have been providing termite solutions for our Noosa & Hinterland Districts communities.

Many of the termite jobs we go to could have been prevented had the home owner had a better understanding of termite behavior and what increases the risk of attracting them to a home. Termite damage to homes across Australia cost home owners hundreds of millions in repair work every year.

Shane O’Donnell – Termite Technician

Cooroy Termite & Pest Control

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