How to Tell If You Have Termites in Your Walls
How to tell if you have termites in your walls? After two years or less, termite infestation can result to expensive property damages. It’s especially the case when the damages are structural and need extensive repairs and replacements of the wooden parts.
It’s a huge concern for both apartment owners and building managers. After all, the damages brought by termites can result to thousands of dollars worth of repairs. That’s why it’s crucial to determine if there’s termite infestation in the property early on. Here’s how.
1. Look for the shelter tubes
These are the most visible signs that appear on walls. Families and tenants living in your apartment building might have already noticed and reported these. These shelter tubes protect termites from other insects and animals (especially predators). In addition, these shelter tubes also maintain high humidity and darkness whenever termites carry food into the colony.
If these tubes are numerous and thick, that could be a sign of massive infestation. This means there are too many “workers” and “soldiers.” The damage could also be widespread because they’ll demand more food for the colony. They could have gone to nearby areas (e.g. bedrooms, bathrooms, neighbouring homes and units) for more food sources.
2 .Tapping noises near the floors
This could be heard especially at night. This noise can come from soldier termites who are warning others about a threat or danger. They do it by tapping their heads against a wood surface.
The sound resembles a click which is gentle and quite difficult to notice at first. But if it’s late at night and almost everyone’s asleep, the residents might notice those sounds from time to time. They might even hear other low level noises that come from worker termites that munch away from wood.
3. Professional inspection and damage reports
The two methods above are not 100% reliable. The shelter tubes might just be caused by interior structural defects. The tapping noises in the subfloors might mean something else (e.g. creaking wood, leaking pipe).
In addition, the extent of infestation is difficult to assess and the location of the colonies is almost impossible to pinpoint without a professional performing an inspection. After all, it could be a complex network of termite pathways and colonies that slowly eat away your property’s wooden structure.
This is especially the case when termites have eaten away significant wooden portions beneath supporting walls. The structural integrity will be compromised which could mean costly repairs. The infestation could further spread to surrounding areas or residential units.
How to tell if you have termites in your walls
That’s why here at Sydney Building Defects Inspections and Reports, we perform thermal imaging (a non-destructive method) to determine presence of termite colonies and nests in walls and subfloors. Then, we can perform a more thorough inspection to pinpoint their location and assess the damage.
We will generate a comprehensive report about the damage. We will also provide you with cost-effective recommendations on how to fix the damaged areas and maintain the structural integrity of your property. Contact us today and we will use specialised equipment to locate termites and assess the damages they have caused.