Building and Pest Inspection in Nedlands Uncovers Shocking Termite Secrets
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  • Many building inspectors overlook critical areas like cabinets and plumbing ducts, where termites often hide and cause unnoticed damage.
  • Effective termite detection requires more than a quick look; it involves in-depth inspection techniques, as demonstrated in the Nedlands video.

Hi! I’m Russell McCarthy, the lead building and pest inspector at WA Building Inspections Perth. Today, I want to share valuable insights from a recent pre-purchase building and pest inspection we conducted in Nedlands, Perth. Through this detailed inspection, my aim is to highlight what many building inspectors often miss during routine checks, especially concerning termites.



Identifying Commonly Overlooked Signs of Termite Infestation


Inspecting Beyond the Obvious

During inspections, it’s typical for inspectors to examine visible areas like cabinets and plumbing ducts. However, as I’ve noted in my inspections, “They look at the cabinets, they look inside, they might even look close to plumbing ducts, but not a lot of them get in and actually really look right.” It’s crucial to dig deeper, as termites often infest areas that aren’t immediately visible. For example, during the Nedlands bulding and pest inspection, I discovered that, “These cabinets, that there is not moisture damage. Termites have infested this one.”


The Importance of Thorough Inspection

A superficial check can often miss critical issues. I emphasise the need to really get into every potential nook: “You’ve got to really get in, there’s no way of doing this any other way. All of that is termite. When tapping on suspected areas, the hollow sound confirmed, “there’ll all be termite damage.”



What Most Building Inspectors Miss


Looking Up and Looking Right

It’s not uncommon for some inspectors to overlook the less obvious signs during a hurried inspection. “The other thing is the inspectors will come in here and they’ll look up, they’ll say, Oh, that’s asbestos. Have a quick look and keep going.” It’s imperative to recognise that some damages are not as straightforward as they appear. Recognising the nuances between different types of damage is key to thorough inspections.



Lessons from a Real Inspection


Dealing with Pre-Existing Termite Damage

At the Nedlands property, the extent of termite damage was significant, illustrating the consequences of previous oversight. Such discoveries show the importance of a detailed and fearless approach to building inspections, especially when prior damage indicates a longstanding issue.


Communicating with Clients

Transparency with clients about the history of the property is crucial: “So we may as well have a look and let the customers know they’ve got a history of termites.” Informing clients about past and potential issues helps them make informed decisions about their investments.



Enhancing Pre Purchase Inspection Practices for Better Outcomes


The Role of Thoroughness in Building Inspections

My approach involves more than just a routine check. It’s about ensuring that nothing is missed and that the property is thoroughly vetted for any signs of pest infestation, especially termites, which are notoriously difficult to detect until considerable damage has occurred. We also utilise thermal cameras in our thermal building and pest inspection which almost always uncovered defects like unseen water leaks and pests that would have otherwise gone unseen and unreported.



My Final Say

As a building and pest inspector in Perth, my goal is not just to inspect but to protect our clients’ investments and ensure their safety and satisfaction with their property purchases. The insights from the Nedlands inspection video highlight the need for diligence, thoroughness, and a keen eye for details that are often overlooked by many in this field. Don’t get caught out! Choose the right building inspector when you’re buying a nrew property to know what you’re really buying!




FAQs from the Nedlands Inspection

What are the first signs of termite damage that homeowners can spot?

Homeowners should look for signs like hollow-sounding wood, visible mazes within walls or furniture, and the presence of termite droppings that resemble sawdust.


How often should a property be inspected for termites?

It is recommended that properties be inspected at least once a year to prevent termite infestations.


What should you do if you find termite damage during an inspection?

Immediate action should be taken to treat the infestation and repair any damage. Consulting a professional for comprehensive treatment options is advisable.


Are there preventive measures homeowners can take against termites?

Homeowners can reduce moisture accumulation around their property, maintain a gap between wood and soil, and store firewood away from the house structure.


Can termite damage be completely repaired?

Yes, termite damage can be repaired with the right treatment and structural fixes, although severe cases might require extensive reconstruction.


What is the most effective treatment for termites?

Professional pest control services offer various treatments, including soil treatments, bait systems, and wood treatments, depending on the infestation severity.


How can homeowners prepare for a termite inspection?

Homeowners should clear any clutter from the inspection areas, provide access to walls and crawl spaces, and remove any obstructions that might hinder a thorough inspection.


What qualifications should a building and pest inspector have?

A qualified inspector should have certifications in building and pest inspections and be knowledgeable about local building codes and pest control measures.


What is the biggest challenge in detecting termites during an inspection?

Termites often infest hidden areas which are hard to access without specialised equipment, making early detection challenging.

How long does a termite inspection take?

A typical termite inspection which is part of a building and pest pre purchase building inspection can take 2-3 hours, depending on the property size and the issues encountered.