Thermal Termite Inspections – The Sixth Sense For Finding Termites
Going Above and Beyond the Standards
Anyone who has had Termites on their property will know how important a good thorough inspection is. Most people will have their properties checked for Termites at least once every year. This enables them to have peace of mind that the property is not under Termite attack or to catch any attack early before it causes structural damage to the building which might compromise the integrity of the whole building! Every inspector will know how important it is to be able to inspect every part of the structure. The better the access we have in and around a structure will enable us to produce a much better and more detailed report. The truth of the matter is 80% of inspections conducted have limited access. An example of where this becomes a common issue is where certain types of insulation have been used that limit our visibility in the roof void. This makes it nearly impossible to detect early signs of Termite workings that have made their way up into the roof. Unfortunately, time does not allow inspectors to lift up every piece of insulation to inspect that part of the roof. If this was the case, the cost of inspections would rise significantly to cover the extraneous labour involved.
So How Do We Get Around This Problem?
Well, the Australian Standards requires every inspection to be conducted with a moisture meter, as well as a sounding device. This shows the moisture content of any surface it’s placed against. The reason for this is that Termites are drawn to moisture and moist conditions are likely where an attack would start. This still doesn’t get around visual limitations. This is where some firms decided to go above the standard and introduce the Thermal Imaging camera. A Thermal Imaging Camera has been used in Termite Inspections for over 5 years and has proven itself very useful in situations where visual access restricts the inspector. Instances, where we are unable to reach a roof cavity or identify what might be causing moisture damage in a wall, can often be solved by having a look through our FLIR C2 Thermal Imaging Camera to get a better idea of what’s going on inside the cavity.
Why Has Thermal Imaging Made Its Way Into Termites Inspections?
Termites need 3 things to survive, food, warmth, and moisture. They maintain their nest and all their workings above 30 degrees(Celsius) which enables them to work efficiently. A Thermal Imaging camera detects the heat a surface reflects. This is where it comes in handy for our inspectors. For instance; there might be signs of a Termite nest or sub-nest behind your gyprock wall and we want to gain a clearer image of what might be going on behind the gyprock without cutting an invasive hole to have a look, the Thermal Imaging camera will identify whichpart of the wall is subject to a much higher temperature than the rest of the wall which could indicate Termite workings, this allows us to pinpoint the area and only drill a small hole for our Boroscope (a micro recording device) to see what’s inside the cavity. This goes for all areas where there might be limitations like floor coverings, fixtures, and furniture.
The Thermal Imaging Termite Inspection is a great option for anyone who likes to take the extra step when it comes to detecting Termite activity to protect their home. The Thermal Imaging camera will always be used in conjunction with all the other tools of the trade like a sounding device and a moisture meter. For more information about Termite Inspections, read more on our Termite Inspection page.