"Attention Builders", If you have the property's, we have the service and the products to ensure compliance as per Australian Standards AS3660.1. Termite Management systems for New Construction AS3660.1-2014 - Residential Homes, Renovations, Extensions, Additions.
The Pre Construction Termite industry is full of many systems, your safest approach is using The Pest Company. Work closely with The Pest Company and get it right every time.
Remember, “Call before You pour” or erect any bricks or frame work. 1300 552 234 or 0402 028 043
Our services cover, Residential and Commercial Property's using Physical Barriers and or Chemical Reticulation Systems that comply with the relevant Australian standards AS3660.1-2014 new construction, this enables us to help you the builder gain certification for Termite Management.
Our installations cover, Pipe Penetrations, Perimeter Installations, Cold Joints, Engaged and Isolated piers built from brick, concrete or steel, Retaining walls built under the ground, Under slab physical barrier systems, Pole Homes, Decking Pole Plate installations, Wall sheeting, Pipe Re locations, Ant Capping for subfloors with bearers and Joist construction, Construction Cold Joints even if the Slab has been poured in some situations, advise on using the slab edge as a 75mm visual barrier.
The Building industry demands great service and fast service, so to assist we have the licensed staff to get the job done in a timely manner, where communication between the Termite management technician and the builder is critical.
Termite Barrier (Termseal) On An Infill Slab Construction
What you get, Systems that comply, efficient service, technical expertise, certificate of installation, Form 16 supplied in QLD, Durable Labels in the Meter box. Did you know, we also follow up on the system installed each year by contacting the owner to ensure they fully understand the home owner obligations to have annual Termite inspections carried out, as this is a recommendation by Australian standards and product manufactures.
We cannot mention this enough - “Be Sure to Call before you pour” or erect any bricks or frame work.
Start the Termite Free build and call The Pest Company - Ph: 1300 552 234
Working in the Building and Construction Industry requires non stop education. Sometimes learning by experience is not always enough as the cost of mistakes can damage a builders business pretty fast. Stopping to make adjustments to the daily process is critical to keep in line with the ever changing legislation and environment we work in, is essential. Plan reading, an important tool to have in the "tool belt"when protecting residential and commercial properties from termites. Termite management requires the ability to analyse construction, prepare for the installation process and prior to all installations that is most important, the communication between the builder and the installer, a critical point you don't want to miss.
Termite Barriers for New Construction, Termites will forage through masonry core filled block walls. Masonry Core filled block walls must be protected and cannot be relied upon as a method of Termite Management, unless the entire wall is available for visual inspections, which is rarely ever achieved. There are options to minimise a full wall treatment, however only under the expert opinion of a Termite Management technician should any builder or owner builder attempt to build without the understanding of the requirements under the Australian Standards (AS3660.1:2014 Termite management, Part 1: New building work) and the National Construction Code. The photos below detail compliant barriers installed to the masonry back filled block walls. Need assistance call 1300552234.
Termite Management, Visual Inspection Zones Using A 75mm Exposed Concrete Slab Edge
Termite Management AS3660.1- 2014 Visual exposed slab edge, This photo details perfectly how an exposed slab edge is supposed to be set up for regular inspections. The slab acts as a visual barrier to prevent concealed termite entry. The brick work is laid on top of the slab to eliminate the brick cavity that Termites love to travel through. The slab edge must be exposed 75mm above ground level at all times (as shown) to allow for uninterrupted visual inspections of the slab edge perimeter providing an inspection zone to check for visual termite entry points. * Remember this method may comply however it does not stop termites, it is only designed to expose termite entry points. If Termites were found travelling up the slab they would be seen and a treatment program can take place by a licensed Pest Management technician.
Although this method of an exposed slab complies with AS366.1-2014, you can add additional protection that can reduce the risk by applying a chemical barrier/treated zone to the soil that is against the slab edge preventing termites travelling up the slab.
Visual Termite Inspection Zone – The exposed concrete slab edge used as a Visual Termite Inspection Zone is now covered by a path/slab (see photo) allowing termites with concealed entry. This Picture shows how the path has now breached the inspection zone of the exposed concrete slab edge. As the slab edge is now covered and not visible for inspections, this method will not comply with AS3660.1-2014 as an effective visual barrier unless further work/products are installed. *Note: If you have an exposed concrete slab edge and wish to cover it with a path/slab, there are additional options that need to be discussed with a licensed Termite Technician and be sure it is PRIOR to the new path/slab being poured. Call before you pour: Contact us.
Visual Termite Inspection Zones On Physical Barrier Perimeter Installations
The Physical barrier Inspection zone must be free at all times for regular inspections, ( Rendered Houses) Must have a strike line / V- Joint in the render on most products installed. This becomes the Inspection Zone, Keep it clear.
Be careful of attachments “gate posts”. “Pool Fencing” ‘Hot Water system” “Water Tanks” Built in BBQ” just to name a few – basically any material that covers the inspection zone against exterior walls may provide Termites with undetected termite entry and may open some liability we all don’t want.
TERMITE ENTRY POINT NO ONES FAULT!
If we see a Termite lead on the external wall of a house, then the physical barrier is successful. If we see no visual entry points and live termites inside the property, we are asking questions.
The photo shows the termite lead on the exterior brick work and clearly shows the Physical barrier inspection zone that the termites are travelling over. Unfortunately there is no home owners warranty where termite entry points are visible (See photo). Hence, regular inspections are essential.
When an entry point is found - a) the physical barrier has been successful and prevented the concealed entry by termites b) The live termites can be treated by one of our licensed technicians c) If we are all lucky and the entry point is found early the home owner may avoid a large Termite damage repair bill.
It is very important to advise home owners of their obligations to ensure the visual Physical Barrier Inspection Zone is not covered by paths, Decks, Soil, Gardens, pebbles, rocks, Mulch and Fence posts, landscaping and Trees, just to name a few.
Not all homes have physical barriers like Termseal, Termimesh, Home guard, Kordon, Trithor. If the home was built prior to 2002 in Queensland it likely has a chemical barrier/treated zone which is unlikely to be effective today due to the life expectancy of chemicals. Stating this, it is possible the home is not protected. Feel you need to be sure, contact us for an inspection
Tips - Ensure to keep the physical barrier visual Inspection zone 75mm above ground level so the visual inspection zone is clear at all times to allow an uninterrupted inspection. All property managers, occupiers, tradesman, gardeners, pretty much all service people involved within a property should advise home owners if this type of evidence appears at the property (See Photo).
Unfortunately not everyone is aware of how termites enter homes, most owners are uneducated in relation to termites and have not been informed of their obligations to have annual termite inspections carried out by a licensed inspector. Some homes are recommended to have these inspections every 3 - 6 months depending on the level of risk at that property.
The Photo shows the physical barrier success where termites travel around the physical barrier, exposing themselves to the exterior of the home so we can see them. If this barrier was not in place the termites would most likely be concealed within the wall cavity (behind the brick work) where we cannot see them, from here termites will continue on to cause massive damage to structural and decorative timbers within the property, Did you know some species of Termites can cause severe damage in less than 1 month.
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Timber Posts Installed Above Ground On Steel Stirrups Act As A Visual Termite Barrier AS3660.1-2014
The gate house on this property is similar to any timber post installed on a decking, pergola, patio where the isolated timber post is installed directly onto a steel stirrup to allow for an adequate inspection clearance to inspect for any termite entry points.
Visual access must be clear at all times as termites work fast, termites will track over the top of steel to get to the timber.