We know you have dreamt about this moment for years. Owning your very own home of your dreams is about to finally become a reality. You are ready to start building the house. Before your house starts to take shape, however, it is wise to do some research about some basic requirements involved before building a house. As they say, failing to prepare is preparing to fail. If you want to make sure that your investment is built to last then you better school yourself. One such topic will be one of the most important considerations of building which is soil poisoning.
Soil poisoning, also known as subterranean termite control, is an important factor when building a new structure.
Unknown to many South Africans, subterranean termites cause millions of rands in damage annually. They compromise the structural integrity of homes built on foundations that were untreated or undergone insufficient treatment. These silent pests are able to chew their way through wooden structures easily. If left untreated, they eventually can cause the collapse of eaves, beams and other supporting structures.
Soil poisoning is one of the very first steps in the building process.
Before laying the foundations, the ground beneath your future home needs to be treated for subterranean termites. The soil poisoning process involves the drilling of holes – one meter apart – around the perimeter of the foundations. Termiticides are then pumped into the soil in order to saturate the ground. We recommend that this is done by a pest control company that is registered with the South African Pest Control Association (SAPCA). This will ensure that the treatment is done thoroughly and effectively. It also ensures that the chemicals used are non-toxic to humans and animals.