Who are the unwanted house guests that are easy to let in but tough to get rid of? Termites. But they’re not just unwanted. They’re dangerous. They cause more damage to Aussie homes than fire, floods and storms combined.
Here in Queensland, each year one in four homes is attacked by termites, with an average repair cost to the homeowner in excess of seven thousand dollars.
Thankfully, unlike natural disasters, you can control them, and early detection is the best way to take charge. It’s recommended that you have a termite inspection annually.
Latest Technology in Building & Pest Inspection
Thermal imaging is the latest technological innovation in termite detection. The thermal imaging camera detects thermal anomalies such as hot and cold spots caused by termites, and can even pick up water leaks, poor insulation, electrical faults, and even live animals such as rodents and possums in areas that are scanned. And while a thermal imaging camera will never replace the skill, sound knowledge and keen eye of a highly experienced and trained building consultant and timber pest inspector, it is still undoubtedly an invaluable Building and Pest inspection tool!
Normally you would expect to pay a lot extra for this specialized service, but as part of our comprehensive building inspection services we include thermal imaging FREE when conducting combined Building & Pest Inspections.
Understanding Infrared Thermal Imaging Technology?
Infrared thermal imaging systems detect radiation – or heat. Based on detected temperature differences, the thermal imaging camera can create a crisp image. Complicated algorithms also make it possible to read correct temperature values from this image.
Our eyes are detectors that are designed to detect visible light (or visible radiation). There are other forms of light (or radiation) that we cannot see. The human eye can see only a very small part of the electromagnetic spectrum. At one end of the spectrum we cannot see ultraviolet light, while at the other end our eyes cannot see infrared. Infrared radiation lies between the visible and microwavable portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. The primary source of infrared radiation is heat or thermal radiation.
Any object that has a temperature above absolute zero (-273.15 degrees Celsius or 0 Kelvin) emits radiation in the infrared region. Even objects that we think of as being very cold, such as ice cubes, emit infrared radiation. We experience infrared radiation every day. The heat that we feel from sunlight, a fire or a radiator is all infrared. Although our eyes cannot see it, the nerves in our skin can feel it as heat. The warmer the object, the more infrared radiation it emits.
The amount of radiation emitted by an object increases with temperature; therefore, thermal imaging allows one to see variations in temperature. When viewed through a thermal imaging camera, warm objects stand out well against cooler backgrounds; humans and other warm-blooded animals become easily visible against the environment, day or night.
What Types of problems can be detected with Infrared Thermal Imaging?
Termites: A highly skilled and experienced inspector can detect termites much more efficiently and accurately using an infrared Thermal Imaging Camera. Termites create an environment in their nests which is warmer than the surrounding areas. Termites are able to be detected without the necessity of removing wall coverings, if significant damage hasn’t already been done.
Dampness: Our Thermal Imaging System is also very useful in identifying dampness in buildings, which may be due to concealed leak, or surface water entering in through foundations into floors and walls causing rising damp, or ventilation or condensation problems in buildings.
Leaks: Thermal imaging may detect signs of hidden leaks that may not have penetrated the wall linings or become visible as yet, so issues may be detected before they get out of hand.
Insulation: A thermal imaging camera in most cases will see missing insulation behind walls, or obvious areas of heat loss in your home. If your home is too hot in summer, or too cold in winter, you may have insulation issues. Losing heat in your home creates higher ‘unwanted’ electricity bills.
Does a Thermal Imaging Camera “see” through walls?
Thermal Imaging is a wonderful technology and a thermal imaging camera is therefore a very useful piece of inspection equipment, however it is good to remember that it is not an all-encompassing problem finder. And whilst it is definitely considered a marvelous invention, no technological instrument or tool is capable of replacing the skill, knowledge and the keen eye of the highly experienced and trained building and timber pest inspector.
Therefore while a thermal imaging camera can be helpful in finding concealed defects and termite activity in buildings it should not be compared to an X-ray, or MRI or CAT scan, Thermal Imaging does not “see” inside walls as such, simply the infrared camera provides a temperature reading across a particular surface, which provides an image from countless temperature measurements. It can also be useful in showing patterns of moisture which evaporates and cools the surrounding areas.
Conditions that are conducive to Termite attack:-
- Any timber in direct contact with the soil e.g. fences, sleepers, scrap timber in subfloor.
- Poor ventilation.
- Poor drainage
- Water leaks
- High moisture
- Damp areas
- Inadequate termite protection/barriers.
- Garden beds or paths that have been built up over slab edge.
The Australian Standard recommends Annual Termite Inspections
We conduct a timber termite inspection according to the requirements of the Australian Standard AS4349.3.
We report on the presence or otherwise of the infestation and/or damage caused by termites, timber borers and wood decay and the presence of conditions that are conducive to attack by these pests, such as water leaks, high moisture, poor drainage, inadequate ventilation, inadequate slab edge exposure, non-durable timber in direct ground contact, termite shields and any other situations considered a pest risk to your property.
We determine the degree of risk of timber pest attack to your property and make recommendations that will help you to reduce this risk.
Where termites are suspected to be present behind walls we can also use an Optical Probe or Boroscope, in which a small hole is drilled so that the inspector may have a 360 degree view of the inside of the wall cavity via a rotating eyepiece. We can also undertake invasive inspections where required, via cutting access panels/traps, removing bricks or drilling a small hole to inspect wall cavities with a borescope or optical probe. Extra costs apply.
All Suburbs Building Inspections and Reports Extensive Service Areas
Centrally based in the Caboolture / Morayfield area we service a large part of South-East Queensland, including the Woodford and Kilcoy areas and all suburbs of Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, within a radius of 120km, as far North as Gympie, and South as far as Burleigh on the Gold Coast, and out to Ipswich in the West, including the surrounding country towns of Rosewood, Fernvale and Lowood.
Here’s what a few of our happy clients said about ASBIR
Thank you very much for the professional, friendly and efficient service your company has provided. It was a pleasure to deal with you. The process was easy and quick and I was impressed with how promptly we reeived the report the day after the inspection. We highly recommend ASBIR. Continue with the fantastic work! Regards from a very satisfied customer. Elaine – (Building & Pest – Morayfield)
We had a Building and Pest Inspection done on our house we were purchasing in Caboolture. Having to travel from Bundaberg on the day we were pleasantly surprised at the service given to us by Fred the inspector and how thorough he was. All information was given to us even minute stuff and all our questions answered to our satisfaction. We would have no hesitation in recommending All Suburbs Building Inspections and Reports (ASBIR) to family, friends and the public. Thanks for your service. Dennis and Val S. – (Building & Pest – Caboolture)
I was extremely happy with the service provided by ASBIR. You were able to arrange the building and pest inspection required at very short notice. The inspector was extremely polite and courteous and went about his business with the minimum of fuss and was no inconvenience even in a pretty small area with residents in both properties. Your reports were comprehensive and easy to understand with photographs to illustrate relevant issues. I would have no hesitation in recommending your firm to anyone requiring a building and pest inspection. Candy W. – (Building & Pest – Beachmere)
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