More people are affected from termite infestations than storm and flood damage combined.
When the floods have passed, Queenslanders should be aware that termite barrier repair is a critical part of structural repair to minimise the risk of any impending termite attack.
It’s important to consider a two-pronged attack, with both non-chemical physical building methods and chemical treatment.
Ensure no timber, cardboard, paper or any other cellulose-based materials have been buried by the floods or used as fill on your property when construction commences.
Discuss construction features with your builder to make sure there is no hidden termite access into the building that may complicate future detection and treatment.
Most infestations occur when steps and timber are in direct ground contact. The floods would have also caused damage to timber attachments or structures around the home, which may require a complete re-build to prevent any termite infestations.
Some other things to look out for:
- Structures that adjoin the building must have adequate clearance from the ground
- Weatherboards, stucco or any other material that has separated from the foundation wall needs to be repaired fast, as termites can gain access, undetected.
- Damaged termite shields or metal termite shields should be replaced
When rebuilding or modifying your structure after a flood, be sure to consider a termite treatment:
- Two plastic sheets impregnated with insecticides or termiticide products to repel or destroy foraging termites
- One is called the Kordon Termite Moisture Barrier
- Another is called HomeGuard
- If you had a product such as the Altis Reticulation System installed prior to the flood, you might only require a recharge with termiticide to reinstate the barrier
Once you have worked out what it is you might have to do, and discussed the options with your insurance company, contact Cure All to discuss the best way to protect your home or business from termite damage.
Some relevant information can be found here:
Guide to clean up http://media01.couriermail.com.au/multimedia/2011/01/floods/clean-up.pdf
A number of great checklists and information at http://www.bsadisasterrecovery.qld.gov.au/Homeowners/Pages/Homeowners(default).aspx
Rebuilding after the flood guidelineshttp://www.bsadisasterrecovery.qld.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/Homeowner/FLOOD%20-%20Homeowner%20Guide%20to%20Rebuilding%20After%20a%20Flood.pdf