Step 2 – Clearance and Access

Not everything around a building is built like it should be.

Adjustments may need to be made with things like down pipes and other service penetrations that could compromise the treated soil later on.

Here are a couple of examples:


Downpipes have to provide adeqate clearance from the wall.

In cases where they don’t, adjustments have to be made by a plumber before the installation can proceed.

ReTerM Clearance - Downpipes

Downpipes need to have adequate clearance for the system

This is what is required:

ReTerM - Down Pipe Clearance

This is the type of clearance required


Drains can cause issues depending on how they were installed.  In some cases, adjustments need to be made.

Here is one example:

ReTerM - Drains

Drains have to be cleared - it may mean additional plumbing work

Other Obstacles

Other things that can cause problems includ vent pipes, air conditioning systems, service penetrations.

In most cases temporary removal is the solution, however with service penetrations proper protection should be established during the installation of the ReTerM™ system to avoid unnecessary re-treatment issues later on.  See the next article.

For the ReTerM™ system to work effectively it needs to be installed by qualified people, trained in termite managment.

The following series of installation articles will explain why why. 

Step 1 – Preparing the Soil

When you start digging away the soil to lay the ReTerM™ system, it becomes very clear that soil quality is not always what you expect. 

All termiticides require good soil with a high organic content if they are going to work. 

Below are some shots from a recent installation: 

Crusher Dust

Cursher Dust is great for preparing a concrete pad, but absolutely useless for any termiticide application.

ReTerM Installation - Bad Soil - Crusher Dust

Crusher Dust - has to be replaced


Using this type of soil guarantees that you don’t get even distribution of termiticide – it has to be replaced. 

ReTerm Installation - Bad Soil - Clay

Clay Soil has to be replaced

 Tree roots and rocks need to be removed

In fact, if tree roots are going to be problem later on, you need to manage this with root guard systems, otherwise they will give termites access through the treated soil (like little tunnels).

ReTerM Installation - Bad Soil - Tree Roots and Rocks

Tree Roots and Rocks must be removed

Here is an example of an installation of ReTerM

Termiticide ReplenishmentThe system is placed into a quality soil matrix.

The soil is treated with an approved termiticide.  The system is not charged on the initial installation – it is recharged when the soil requires replenishment (this will depend on the termiticide used)

The first re-charges is always 2 years after the initial installation, and every 5 years thereafter (under normal conditions)

The pipe is enclosed inside an emitter, and is laid close to the footings and applicable soil areas that need protecction.

The first of hundreds of ReTerM installers were trained on August 25

Installations are planned for the week starting August 30 – Stay tuned.