Water. It’s refreshing in a cool glass on a hot day and great fun in your swimming pool, but in and around your home? Water and termites can be nothing short of a nightmare.
We all know that if water leaks from your pipes at your place, it can cause a lot of damage. But that plumbing emergency is not always a gushing burst water pipe emergency – in fact, the damage that can be the most expensive and problematic can be hidden for a very long time.
We’re talking about termites. But why is a simple water leak so relevant to the risk of a termite infestation? It’s simple – termites just love the damp.
Despite this fact, it’s surprising how few people realise that a simple leak is among the leading causes of termite attacks. Many people think having termites is just a case of bad luck, but why is that, exactly? In many cases, it’s because homeowners never realised they had a hidden water leak in the first place.
These leaks can be in the form of:
- Leaky pipes
- Leaky taps and fixtures
- Incorrectly installed plumbing
- Degrading irrigation fixtures
- Hot water system faults
- And so much more.
So what’s the solution?
The answer to that is simple: vigilance. We can’t stress this point enough, because the Australian Institute of Architects has estimated the cost of termites to homeowners each year to be $1.5 billion – and that’s a lot of damage. In some parts of Queensland, up to 40% of all homes are termite infested in some way, meaning it’s no surprise general insurance doesn’t cover termite damage and repairs.
If you have even a minor leak, get it fixed by your local plumbing service as soon as possible. It’s also a good idea to have regular plumbing inspections.
But what else can I do?
Luckily, you don’t just have to rely on the experts to help with that potential water leak termites simply love. You can be proactive by:
- Making sure water runoff can’t collect around your foundation.
- Don’t store wood near your house, in contact with the ground or exposed to the elements.
- Arrange for termite or pest specialists to do regular inspections.
- Arrange to have even minor plumbing faults fixed promptly.
The extra benefits of expert water leak detection
Of course, the purpose of that visit by your plumbing expert is to pick up minor of major faults with your water supply, plumbing and irrigation systems so that termites don’t have any tempting areas to start that expensive attack.
But water leak detection experts will also:
- Prevent other water-related damage to your home, foundations and property.
- Reduce the size of your water bills.
- And can even install water leak detection systems that automatically shut off your water at the mains.
So with a little bit of vigilance and the help of friendly, experienced plumbing experts, you can be proactive about protecting your home from the big trouble that water leaks and termite infestations can cause.