5 proactive steps to protect your home from termite terrors

If you ask any homeowner what their biggest concerns are for their home, it’s likely that they’ll list things like floors, fires and termites. While there’s nothing that you can really do to prevent fire and flood from wreaking havoc on your home, there is something that you can do about the termite situation. A regular termite inspection is something that you’ll find is critical when it comes to protecting your home from these critters, and there are luckily a whole host of other things that you can do to protect your house. It is quite obvious that termites are a big concern for homeowners – especially when you consider the fact that the home is one of the biggest investments for the average Australian. Studies have shown that termites cause up to $100 million of damage to homes every year, and that around one in every four homes is going to be attacked during its lifetime. As a result, you need to be aware of how you can protect your home and your assets. As a final note, the rapid growth of many of the Australian capital cities means that we’re expanding into previously wooded areas, which means that termites are closer to homes than ever before. It’s going to pay to be vigilant. Let’s take a look at how to be proactive and to protect your home.

Step One: Keep it regular
You need to ensure that you’re going to have a regular termite inspection done by a professional provider. This is going to keep you on the front foot as far as termites are concerned.

Step Two: Be termite safe
There is a number one thing that termites love: wood. If you have a woodpile stacked next to your house, the termites are going to chomp on the easy access woodpile first, but then once they’ve nommed on that, they’re going to jump on over and start attacking your home next. Any kind of untreated timber should be stored far away from your home lest it proves to be an enticing termite hold. The same goes for any kind of timber which is stored underneath the house. Wood stored under the house is an enticing spot for termites to move on in as well.

Step Three: Hardwood isn’t your friend
Hardwood timber sleepers are going to be an easy target for termites, so if you do have these, you need to have them replaced with termite resistant wood like treated pine or even masonry. This will be a process, so check with a builder before you start anything.

Step Four: Keep things dry
You need to ensure that you have plenty of ventilation in place to keep your house dry, as termites love a damp environment. In addition to this, you need to have dry soil as much as possible because termites are equally attracted to moist soil. Ensure that any drainage around the home like hot water systems, air conditioners and leaking taps aren’t dripping into the soil, and if they are – do something to mitigate the risk of damage.

Step Five: Be proactive
If you see any kind of termite mud tunnel, please resist the urge to break it open and to have a go at things – arrange for a professional to inspect the area and to sort things out.

I hope that this information about termite treatment and prevention has gone some way towards helping you to better manage your home and to keep it termite safe. This sort of termite vigilance will certainly help you out in keeping your home safe and protected, hopefully before there’s any problem!

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