Don’t let Termites Taint your Dream Home!

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Buying a new home is an exciting time, there is so much going on that it is easy to get caught up in planning paint colours, room structure and yard details and forget about pre purchase inspections.  Sadly this can turn any dream home into a nightmare.  Pre purchase inspections are a fast and affordable way to ensure your new property is pest free and ready for your family to more in to. Most pre purchase inspections only take 2 – 2.5 hours and will provide you with months of comfort.

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Pest control companies offer pre purchase pest inspections that focus on termites and other silent pests. Termites hide in the foundations of a home and cause irreversible damage costing thousands of dollars. As they lurk in timber and wood they are a silent pest and leave no tell-tale signs until it is too late. Often the previous owners won’t even know they have termites or white ants in the home. Unlike spiders, rodents or cockroaches termites don’t show themselves. The only way you can be certain a property is completely pest free is by calling in a professional company.

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Did you know there are 300 types of termites in Australia? Don’t let any of them into your Brisbane property.

Pre Purchase Pest Inspection Companies such as Osborne’s Pest Services are the experts in pest control and termite inspections. As a fully licensed and qualified company they ensure every property is termite free and remains that way for over 12 months. Bringing in an expert is the only way to ensure every inch of a property is pest free. Looking under the house isn’t enough; you need an exterminator that looks under the house, in the ceiling, the walls, the furniture, the decking, back garage and even the surrounding plant life.  Pre purchase inspections cover more than just termites and also check for fleas, bed bugs, lice, rodents, wasps, cockroaches, moths, silver fish and even snakes!

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According to a CSRIO survey in 2004 1 in 3 homes have had at least one infestation from subterranean Termites!

To make sure your next move is a seamless one make sure you book in a pre purchase pest inspection.Closeup photo of man's hand pointing out termite damage and a live termite.

How to deal with Australia’s Most Dangerous Pest.

Australian’s deal with hundreds of dangerous pests every day. In our homes we have red backs spiders and Sydney funnel web spiders, in our yards there are red belly black snakes and brown snakes, in our oceans we have box jelly fish and sharks. We have dealt to live with most of these pests and embrace them as part of our culture. One pest you should never embrace though is Asbestos. Recently there are more and more cases coming to light with homes filled with asbestos or Mr Fluffy. Discovering there is asbestos in your home or office can be daunting and often people fly into a panic. Here’s some information on how to deal with Australia’s most dangerous pest.

 

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Don’t Panic!

When dealing with asbestos it is important to know it is a deadly material put don’t fly into a panic. Chances are it has been there for years and if it hasn’t been touched it might be OK for now. Asbestos only becomes a problem when it is disturbed and the fibres become air born, make sure you never touch asbestos or try to remove it yourself.

Call a Professional!

Without proper testing you can’t be sure that the material you have found is safe or asbestos. Don’t risk the many health issues that are related to asbestos when a qualified asbestos removalist can safely remove and destroy asbestos.  There are professional asbestos removal companies in every state that will be able to safely remove asbestos and dispose of it in an environmentally friendly manner.

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Where is Asbestos Usually Found?

Asbestos is found in so many homes because it is such a great insulator and electricity conductor. As it was used for insulation in housing it was pumped into the walls, roofing and eaves but also mixed into cement.

Asbestos has been found in:

  • roof sheeting and capping
  • guttering
  • eaves
  • wall sheeting
  • vinyl sheet flooring
  • carpet and tile underlays
  • flexible building boards
  • imitation brick cladding
  • fencing
  • carports and sheds
  • waterproof membrane
  • telecommunications pits
  • window putty
  • expansion joints
  • packing under beams
  • concrete formwork

This seems like a lot of places and it is but don’t fly into a panic just yet. If you have concerns simply call in an expert and they will be able to identify the substance if it is there.

 

How do People Discover Asbestos?

Most people discover they have asbestos during renovation work or during an inspection. If you are undergoing a renovation project and find an unknown substance in your walls chances are it is asbestos. Never touch or try to remove the substance alone as it is very dangerous once air born.

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I think I have Asbestos, HELP!

If you find matter on your property that you suspect is asbestos call a certified asbestos removalist as soon as possible. A lot of rubbish removal and pest control companies won’t go near asbestos but there are a lot that do. Due to the dangerous nature of asbestos it is best to leave your home immediately taking all pets with you. Call a company that is certified to remove asbestos and have them show you all their certificates before removal.

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Why is Asbestos Dangerous?

When inhaled Asbestos can cause a range of health problems. Most fibres are exhaled however some fibres stay launched in the lungs and this is when a problem occurs.

Asbestos health risks:

  • Asbestosis
  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Benign pleural diseases

Affects from asbestos can take up to 50years to show themselves and at this point there is no treatment. Don’t wait to feel sick before you check for asbestos. If you have even the smallest concern, call a professional now.