1104, 2016

Rising damp & converted garage

April 11th, 2016|Drainage, Garage conversions, Rising Damp, Termites|Comments Off on Rising damp & converted garage

Conversion of a previous garage to a living area. Advertised by agent as a habitable area!

Water entry, rising damp, low ceiling height and termite damage. Not suitable for use as a habitable area. Inadequate drainage, ground clearances, no plastic membrane below the slab.

1101, 2016

Importance of termite barriers & clearance to soil

January 11th, 2016|Termites|Comments Off on Importance of termite barriers & clearance to soil

Here are photos of a huge exposed deck without termite barriers and sufficient ground clearance, attached to a large, relatively new and expensive house in the Ormeau area. This house will cost a substantial amount of money to rectify all the problems identified in the report.

The next building inspector must be part of the blind […]

2909, 2015

Termite damage disclosure

September 29th, 2015|Disclosure importance, Termites, Tips for sellers|Comments Off on Termite damage disclosure

Termite damage to timber lintel above window opening after removing plaster to assess damage

 Affected timber removed showing significance of damage

 More damage to section of the lintel

 Props fitted to support roof structure during repairs

 Photo showing area where damaged timber was replaced

 Another termite damaged wall

 Photo showing area where damaged timber was replaced

 Completed job, plastered and painted

509, 2015

Insulation fitted to cover termite damaged timber within a roof

September 5th, 2015|Termites|0 Comments

Insulation fitted to cover termite damaged timber. Termite damage within the roof interior that was mostly covered by insulation. Many inspectors will not access the roof interior where insulation has been fitted. They do not realise that insulation is often fitted to hide termite damaged timber. Very costly mistake! Make sure you’re inspector accesses all areas […]

702, 2015

Termite damage in roof

February 7th, 2015|Importance of photos & access, Termites|Comments Off on Termite damage in roof

An old but still relevant photo. This is what an inspector will miss if they are not prepared to get in the roof, past the access hole! Very costly inspection for the buyer! Many inspection service will not access the roof interior past the access hole also if there is insulation in the roof. Insist […]

3101, 2015

Treated timber and termites

January 31st, 2015|Termites|Comments Off on Treated timber and termites


So many people seem to think that termites will not damage treated timbers and cypress pine. Well think again! Here are just a few examples of treated hardwood absolutely destroyed by termites. No timber is absolutely safe from termite attack. It may slow them down and they may not like it as much as untreated […]