Termites also known as white ants cause millions of dollars of damage to homes and buildings in Australia. The Building Code of Australia (BCA) has enforced that any alterations to existing homes require a form of termite management to be installed to deter termite attack.
How can termites enter your home unnoticed?
Below list some examples of how termites can gain access to your home without you even knowing;
- if there are construction joints in your slab the termites can enter through the joints
- if there are unprotected pluming penetrations through the slab, termites can squeeze in between the penetration and the slab
- if you have timber posts attached to your external walls and the timber posts are in direct ground contact
- stored goods up against the building edge
- installing structures up against the building edge for example a shed, water tank, pool pump housing
- building garden beds up against the building edge
- if the ground level is up to or above weepholes
What building alterations require termite protection and a form 16?
When any alterations are carried out a physical or replenishable form of termite protection needs to be installed and a Form 16 issued by the termite manager. The building approval will not be issued without a Form 16. It is important if you have a contractor carry out alteration work to ensure termite protection is installed. Below are two examples of alterations to exisiting building that require termite preventative protection to be installed;
- A new driveway or patio – if you are having a concrete slab poured that is abutting your existing house slab termites can gain access through the join between the two slabs
- A new bathroom or change to an exisiting bathroom – if your plumber drills through your slab this can create a concealed entry for termites
It is recommended regular termite inspections should be carried out by a licensed termite manager to check your home is free of termites and the termite inspector will also report and advise on how you can improve the conducive conditions in and around your home to reduce the risk of termite attack. It is recommended that inspections be at least every 12 months, or more often in high risk areas and high pressure areas.