A common mistake people make is that they confuse borer damage with termites damage. Mr Inspector is frequently called out to carry out a building inspection on a house because the owner or a trades person has stated they have a termite problem.
The simple thing to remember is you will not see termites or their damage unless you put your hand or foot through the timber.
The photograph left shows a yellow color scraping on a floor joist. This damage is caused by powder post borer which is an insect that consumes the sapwood in timber.
If termites were infesting that same floor joist you would not see them. However, you may see a line of mudding which termites build to get from A to B if they cant eat through it. That is a termite below on the left and the photo on the right shows termite leads or mudding going up a concrete stump into the home.
The importance of getting a professional inspect the home is essential. We have had to regularly go to homes because someone has mistaken termites and borer.’
Feel free to contact Mr Inspector building inspections if you need any assistance.