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Home Living : October 19th 2010
HLW - HOME LIVING: WEST, 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 ALL AREAS 9838 9090 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Lifetime Warranty www.justforyouwardrobes.com.au DESIGNED TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET Timber Coloured panel Painted Mirrored Sliding p Hinged Built-inWardrobe SPECIALISTS JUST FOR YOU WARDROBES PTY LTD Y Lic. 185684C 2174088K wk5
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