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Home Living : October 19th 2010
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, October 19, 2010 7 Beware a very costly problem » ADVERTISING FEATURE HOMELIVING They are silent and hungry and most homeowners do not realise they could be literally ''eaten out of their homes'' by anything up to a million termites. Termites cost Australian homeowners an estimated $1 billion a year. Archicentre, the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects, warns wet and warm weather causes a significant increase in damage to houses by termites. Archicentre ACT & NSW state manager Ian Agnew said its home inspection statistics found that 35 per cent of all homes sold had some form of borer, termite, dry rot or timber fungus. ''Borers can be a silent destroyer with the first indication of a problem being when the vacuum cleaner head hits the skirting board which turns into dust,'' he said. ''Homebuyers should be particularly wary of termite problems and timber rot to structural elements and windows." Mr Agnew said Archicentre's pest inspectors had seen homes with as much as $100,000 in damage that would not be evident without a comprehensive inspection. ''It is critical that homebuyers and homeowners seek independent professional advice." Mr Agnew said homeowners should take action to dry out sub-floors by increasing ventilation, removing debris and allowing more air to circulate. ''Inspect timber framing and floors generally for rot, mould and evidence of borers. . . check to see that the earth is not excessively wet. ''Dampness and inadequate ventilation encourage rot, borer and termite attack.'' Mr Agnew said homeowners with concrete floor slabs should now be looking for early signs of termite attack such as mud tubes on the edges of concrete slabs and damaged skirtings and architraves. Cost of termites to Australian homeowners Number of households in Australia: 7.2 million; Estimated number affected by termites: 650,000; Average cycle time: five years; Estimated number of new attacks a year: 130,000; Average rectification cost: $7000-$8000; Estimated annual cost: $1 billion Details: archicentre.com.au www.waratahwardrobes.com.au FACTORY & SHOWROOM Unit 1, 183-185 McCredie Rd, Guildford 9632 5444 Lic. No. 160400C 2070199i hln wk50 built-in WARDROBES Lifetime Warranty Free Measure & Quote Custom Design Built-in Wardrobes Renovation of existing Wardrobes Sliding Mirror doors in a variety of colour frames Hinged or sliding Federation Doors Frameless Shower Screens SPLIT & DUCTED AIR CONDITIONING Authorised Dealer Licence No 215990C SPRING SPECIALS SAVEUP TO$600 ON DAIKIN DUCTED SYSTEMS SAVEUPTO$300 ON DAIKIN SPLIT SYSTEMS PHONE NOW for a FREE In-Home Quote 9737 0293 2172567i hln wk12 SERVICES TO ALL DOORS New Showroom: Unit E18/2A Victoria Ave CASTLE HILL OVER 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE DEAN 2095242i hlnw wk45 AUTOMATIC OPENERS FR.$450 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE 9894 1233 GARAGE DOOR SALES & REPAIRS PTY LTD TIMBER KITCHEN RESTORATIONS We refinish your timber doors & benchtops, bringing them back to new for much less than the cost of a new kitchen Ph: 1300 888 245 www.aglrestoration.com.au free quote all areas 2122417i hlf wk33 Decks Pergolas Stainless steel wire handrail Lattice Privacy Screens DIY pergola and deck kits Lic No: 170944C FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS OUTDOOR PINE FREE DESIGN & QUOTE 5 CHILVERS ROAD THORNLEIGH www.thomsonsoutdoorpine.com.au 2136330i hln wk39 PHONE: 9980 7611 THOMSON'S SHUTTER SPECIALISTS PH: 9868 5373 ONLY 2149982i hln wk34 BEAT ANY GENUINE QUOTE ALL SHUTTER REPAIRS SLIDING • BI-FOLD • HINGED • FIXED
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