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Home Living : October 19th 2010
HLS - HOME LIVING: SOUTH, Tuesday, October 19, 2010 1 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 MANUFACTURER DIRECT QUALITY PRODUCTS AT TRADE PRICES • 10 Year Written Warranty • Fast Professional Installation By Qualified Tradesman • Reduce Heating & Cooling Bills • Deter Burglars • Reduce Noise • Storm Protection ROLLER SHUTTERS 2/52 Alfred Rd, Chipping Norton (Opp. Mack Trucks) CALL TODAY 1300 302 822 www.maverickrollerproducts.com.au 2052578i hlc wk2 *To approved customers only. Terms, conditions, fees and charges apply. See in-store for details. Finance provided by Once Credit Pty Limited. ACN 112 319 632 t/a MyBuy. FINANCE AVAILABLE* INTEREST FREE NO DEPOSIT! APPLY NOW! FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Lic No 196633 MD Regular MD Budget MD Luxury FROM $399 conditions apply 48 HOUR TURN AROUND 2112552i hls wk14 2277063i hlc wk41 Bld. Lic No 161882c G .T. F rnishings 4/64 Beaconsfield St, Revesby 9772 2899 FACTO RY DIRECT TO PUBLIC 2271575i hls wk15 FABRICS from $7p/m Big range of blockout fabrics and shears Custom made curtains -- at a ready made price | Roller | Roman | Venetian Blinds | Maurice Kain | Filigree | Nettex | Hoad | Warwick IF YOU RE NOT SEEING US, YOU RE WASTING MONEY! FREE MEASURE & QUOTE
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