The popularity of the granny flats is on the ascent in Australia. Factors such as multiple applications, a private space for the elderly to live independently, and value addition to the property are some of the major benefits of installing this structure. A granny flat can be either an attached or detached addition to the original property.
Whenever you start to construct a granny flat, first consider installing a resilient termite barrier before going ahead with the rest of the project. We at Knockdown Pest Control offer excellent granny flat termite barrier installation services.
Why You Need a Termite Barrier
Soil is the natural habitat of termites. No amount of effort to kill them or treat the soil can help to get rid of these pests, and they ultimately return to the area. Therefore, it becomes necessary to build a physical or chemical barrier between the soil and the concrete slab and the wooden framing of the property. This barrier protects the granny flat you build on your property, from termites.
If you ignore to install this barrier, termites can destroy the granny flat and cause substantial damage to other features as well. Treating a termite infestation and carrying out related repairs are expensive and the problem can linger for a long time. Frequent topical termite treatments also become necessary to keep termites under check. This adds a significant amount to your pest control and granny flat maintenance costs.
Types of Termite Barriers
Before recommending a termite control solution for your property, the pest control experts examine the soil, view the granny flat plans, and analyse the site condition. You can choose between three different termite barrier solutions:
- Physical Termite Barriers – This barrier is in the form of a physical sheet placed on the soil before pouring concrete on the slab. It protects the structure from termite attacks and moisture. Our professionals install the sheet in such a way that it seals all the gaps perfectly and prevents termites from breaching the barrier.
- Chemical Termite Barriers – This barrier works the same way as a physical barrier to prevent termite infestations. The process involves spraying termite-preventive chemicals on the soil during the installation to form a chemically treated zone on the structure. The applied chemical sinks in and acts as a barrier between termites in the soil and the building material. It prevents the termites from accessing the granny flat’s foundation.
- Reticulation Systems – In this technique, a termite barrier is installed around the foundation. It uses a network of underground pipes and a precisely controlled application of chemicals to prevent access for termites from outside your property. Physical and chemical barriers can wear off after some time, and termite infestations can reemerge. However, a reticulation system helps in regular termite control and avoids repeated digging to rebuild barriers.
Our experienced pest control team will explain the features and advantages of all these termite barrier systems and help you choose one that fits your requirements and budget. For more information, call Knock-Down Pest Control today! You can reach us through our Contact Us form or call 1300 262 463, and we’ll be happy to assist you.