Termites are hidden invaders and destroyers of your home, but.....
Pacific International Insurance Limited TimberSecure® gives you real security with a full Timber Replacement Warranty and termite protection package for 5 years at no extra cost No property is safe from termites! Independent government data shows 1 in every 5 homes is attacked by termites at some stage in its life. In some places termite attack is as high as one in three homes. An increasing number of commercial buildings are coming under attack.
But, while your home or building is insured against damage by fire, you'll almost certainly find that your home insurance policy excludes termite damage. This is due to the great extent of the termite problem in Australia, and the impossibility of protecting against attack.
Australia's subterranean termite species (white ants) are the most destructive timber pests in the world. In fact it can take "as little as 3 months for a termite colony to severely damage almost all the timber in a home".
The most destructive species live in large underground nests containing several million timber destroying insects.
The problem arises when a nest matures near your home. Your home provides natural shelter and a food source for the termites. They'll travel up to 100 metres to enter your home where there is a smorgasbord of timber to feast upon. Even concrete slabs don't act as a barrier. Termites can penetrate through cracks in the slab to gain access to your home. They even build mud tubes to gain access to above ground timbers.
Your TimberSecure Termite Program needs to be tailored to suit your home. A complete treatment program is divided into two parts.
Your TimberSecure program commences with a thorough inspection and written report. This forms the foundation of all successful termite management programs. It involves gaining access to areas where termites may be active and checking all the visible timbers in your property. If the termites haven't been disturbed, then tiny amounts of a termite control dust may be used to try and eradicate the colony. Termite baits stations for the detection and control of future activity may also be installed.
Any recommendations made on environmental modifications to minimise termite activity will need to be implemented by you. This may include improving ventilation and drainage and the removal of items that attract termites to your home.
Whilst these measures will counter the immediate threat of termites, and perhaps eradicate the colony that is currently attacking your home, they provide no protection against other termite colonies. Thus, if another nest exists near your home, there are still no measures in place to protect you.
This involves the formation of a Treated Zone Barrier in the soil around and under your home, using an approved termite control agent. This will provide a barrier which will impede concealed termite entry. Or termite baiting and monitoring stations around the perimeter of the house.
You receive a TimberSecure Warranty underwritten by Pacific International Insurance Limited
When you accept a full TimberSecure treatment you are protected by the TimberSecure Warranty. This warranty is underwritten by a specialist termite insurer, Pacific International Insurance Limited. It gives you security and peace of mind knowing your warranty is backed by a company that understands the devastation these pests can cause. So it's a big weight off your shoulders. Plus you are assured that claims can be settled quickly.
So you can rest easy. TimberSecure is available for both existing homes and new homes.
TimberSecure, if available for your property, is the most effective way to guard your home against termites. To qualify for this total cover you need to select all the requirements advised by your TimberSecure Consultant.
Termites are great at camouflage, so their presence is not always immediately obvious. Termite barriers may be damaged by digging in the garden or making extensions to your home. This makes it imperative that your home is inspected annually. Your TimberSecure provider will recommend an inspection program in line with the termite risk in your area. Just prior to the twelve months expiry date you will be contacted by your provider.
Following an inspection, you will be given a report and advised of any recommendations, If you accept the advice you may the carry over your TimberSecure Warranty. This may be continued each and every year after the first TimberSecure treatment for the life of your home with a 5 year cost of $360 for the warranty
Don't take chances!!!!
Termite inspection and control is a job for skilled professionals.
The very extensive Australian Standard, AS 3660 Protection of buildings from subterranean termites, deals with the problem. Yet frequently it is not followed. A thorough inspection to draw up a planned approach including colony location and control procedures is vital.
Some 'pest controllers', while claiming to follow the Standard, cut corners. They don't apply control agents at the correct rates, often they only perform a partial treatment, or worse still, they don't use careful safety procedures. This frequently makes their price look very attractive - but you may be left with many more problems.
With modern termite control agents, it is absolutely essential that the right concentrations and amounts are applied, in the approved manner. And a thorough inspection to draw up a planned approach including colony location and control procedures is vital.
So while the price of some may look attractive you're likely to lose out in the long run......Termites will probably return.........
The bitterness of the poor quality treatment remains long after the sweetness of the low price is forgotten!
In recognising the need for both increased professionalism, and an approach that was environmentally acceptable, Pacific International Insurance Ltd had to develop an independent accreditation system. This was integral to offering you TimberSecure cover.
In addition to completing special advanced training programs Accredited TimberSecure Specialists undergo a rigorous, independent examination of their professional standards to ensure they are qualified to provide you with the expert opinion and treatment you need.
This means that when you select a TimberSecure Total Termite Protection Program you can be certain your home will be safe from further attack.