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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

TermiPore is a one stop solution provide for all your termite & pest related problems. If you have any queries, our in-house experts will be able to resolve your doubts & problems.

Remember that termites can sneak into your premises through a crack as small as 1/30th of an inch, and they forage day and night for food, in the background, causing irreparable destruction. It is usually too late by the time we can notice damage due to termites on the surface. The loss due to termites is far more than the cost of preventive Anti-termite Reticulation.

As far as adequate termiticide is injected through the pipes after installation and at regular intervals thereafter, the termites will not come anywhere close to the pipes. However, termiticides can bore through any material, even though metal pipes! So please ensure that termiticide is injected at regular intervals.

As far as we are aware , there is no specific IS standard available for anti termite reticulation system. We are working with various agencies and coucnils to develop a standardised system or at least a test method for this. And as soon as it is ready we will be able to provide them to you.

However there are IS standards for anti termite treatment for buildings. These give the type and quantity of chemicals to be used at various places in a building. You can use these as refernce for deciding on the termiticide and its quantity. The TermiPore Reticulation System is eseentially a delivery mechanism, so using these IS standards you can decide on the chemicals and its quantity, and use TermiPore to inject that quantity of termiticide.

You can access these IS standards here:

BIS standard 6313 - part 1 : 1981

BIS standard 6313 - part 2 : 2001

BIS standard 6313 - part 3 : 2001

 

Given the severe extent of destruction and loss due to termites, it makes practical sense for every property owner to install preventive anti-termite Reticulation System. Owners of all kinds of properties such as residential, commercial, manufacturing plants, farmhouses, hotels, restaurants, warehouses, shops, etc. can use TermiPore Pipes and protect their precious properties. Click here for TermiPore Installation Options

Before TermiPore reticulation piping system, there were some other ways in which agencies used to install anti termite reticulation system. These systems had problems and often did not protect against termites, and so even now many people  feel that anti termite piping systems do not work

One method was using drip irrigation pipes. These usually have just 3 to 4 holes per mtr and that too only on one side. Earlier when this was the only option available, many agencies used these pipes. But drip irrigation pipes with drippers are designed for agriculture and irrigation use. They are meant to be used in the field and kept in the open. So when the holes block after a few years, the farmer can easily replace the pipe or cut a portion of the pipe and join it again. When these were used in anti termite piping, ad some holes blocked, the termicide could not be injected in that area and so that part was exposed to termite attacks.

Another system offered in the market by plumbers is that of installing plumbing PVC pipes and drilling holes in it manually. This system has a major flaw - the drilled holes will be quite large. It is not possible to make very very fine or consistent holes this way. As a result, the flow of termicide was not uniform. In fact it was much higher than required. As a result, the termicide would go only the partial length of the pipe, before the quantity of termicide being injected was over. So this left the system open to termite attacks

This kind of historical experience has made many feel that the anti termite reticulation system does not work. However as technology changes, new products and improved systems are now available and they work well.

TermiPore Pipe is a product made specially for anti termite reticulation system.

Depending on the size selected, there are 50 to 100 holes per meter and on all sides of the circumference. The honeycomb structure of TermiPore is created is through a special process of compounding and manufacturing. The holes are not straight line which can be blocked by sand falling on it. They open up with slight pressure of the pump. Hence they do not block of choke with sand or mud. (However one needs to be careful that direct cement does not fall. Once the wet cement dries, it will not allow the holes to open up.)

Moreover the flow rate is designed and controlled so that the termicide flows on all sides and all along the length for at least 60 to 70 feet even with the smallest of pumps. So you can be sure that the termicide will reach every nook and corner.

These properties make TermiPore the ideal choice for anti termite reticulation system.

Please ensure that you use liquid and water based termiticide for Anti-termite Reticulation System. Your local Pest Control Service Provider will suggest the most effective liquid termiticide for your property. The type of termiticide, the quantity, the length of time and the frequency of treatment that is to be injected is a specialized field of the pest control service provider and we recommend that you consult them for these details.

An IS standard is also available for anti termite treatment mesures in building - IS 6313 - pat 1 : 1981 and IS 6313 - part 2 :2001. These give detailed system of the chemicals to use and the quantity to use per 1 sq mtr. 

Based on this standard, soil treatment is recommended using Chloropyrifos 20EC (1% active ingredient) or Lindane 20 EC (1 % active ingredient)

The quantity of termicide will depend on many factors. However based on market feedback, we believe that one of the good termiticide chemical is Imadcloprid which is water based, smell free and stain free. It is to be diluted 1:400 with water and then inject 1.5 ltr per 1 sq mtr of floor area.

Contact your pest control service provider for more information and accurate treatement that is suitable for your geographic area.

TermiPore Pipes offers multiple options for installation before, during and even after construction. Before construction it can be installed at foundation, plinth or ground level; During construction, it can be installed before floor tiles, and after construction it can be installed around the periphery of the constructed premises and/or around the border/fence of the building.

This system injects termiticides into the ground and cannot prevent or control pests or insects such as cockroaches, mosquitoes, etc above the ground.

The type of termiticide, the quantity, the length of time and the frequency of treatment that is to be injected is a specialized field of the pest control service provider and we recommend that you consult them for these details

The quantity of termicide will depend on the actual chemical being used. There are various chemicals available and your pest control service provider is the best person to answer you this question. However based on market feedback, we believe that one of the good termiticide chemical is Imidacloprid which is water based, smell free and stain free. It is to be diluted 1:400 with water and then inject 7.5 ltr per 1 sq mtr of floor area.

Contact your pest control service provider for more information and accurate treatement that is suitable for your geographic area.

IS standards are available for termite treatment. For a more detailed understanding you can refer to them :

You can access these IS standards here:

BIS standard 6313 - part 1 : 1981

BIS standard 6313 - part 2 : 2001

BIS standard 6313 - part 3 : 2001

It is a network of pipes installed in a net-like design, to inject and spread termiticide across the area where it is installed. TermiPore Pipes are in use for more than 10 years.

 

Termipore Reticulation System

Reticulation System with drip irrigation pipe or holes drilled in PVC pipe

Traditional method of soil enahncement + drilling holes

Preventive System

Only if soil treatement is done

Safe, without exposing residents to fumes and odour

NO

Termiticide can be injected withou disturbing residents

NO

Can be done before or after partial construction begins

YES

Only soil treatement before construction

Can be done after construction is over

YES

Yes

Yes

High pipe thickness to avoid bending, compression and blocking

YES

NO

NO

Micro holes all along length of pipe

YES. (50 to 80 holes per meter)

NO. (About 3 holes in every one meter)

No

Number of holes per meter length

50 to 80

3 to 4

No

Micro holes on all sides of pipe circumference

YES

NO. Only one one side

No

No blocking problem due to high number of holes

YES

NO

NO

Flow rate carefully monitored and checked for EVERY roll by manufacturer

YES

NO

NO

Designed Burst Pressure of Pipe

More than 30 Kg / cm2

Not known

Not applicable

RoHS compliant and tested material

YES

Not known

Not known

Life of pipe

30 to 50 years

30 to 50 years

No such provision

Approximate Cost in Rupees / 1000 Sq foot including Termiticide

15000

15000

5000

The cost of the entire system will vary depending on the size of the property . Larger hte property, lower will be the per square foot cost. The total cost of the system including material and installation and termiticide would be anywhere between Rs 15/- to Rs 50/- per sq foot depending on the size selected and the extent of piping needed. 

TermiPore does not have any manually drilled holes. The honeycomb structure that is created is through a special process of compounding and manufacturing. The holes are not straight line which can be blocked by sand falling on it. They open up with slight pressure of the pump. Hence they do not block of choke with sand or mud. (However one needs to be careful that direct cement does not fall. Once the wet cement dries, it will not allow the holes to open up.)

Each meter of TermiPore pipe has about 50 to 100 holes, and they are all around the circumference. If you are worried that the installation agency may not be careful and put sand over it that will close the holes, the total number of holes is large. Even if you assume that 90% will close, the 10% holes that remain open are still sufficient to discharge the termicide.

TermiPore pipe has a replacement warranty against manufacturing defect. This can be identified by testing as soon as the pipe is installed, before covering it. Such a situation should not arise if installation and pumping is done as recommended. Every roll of TermiPore is tested before we ship it and you can see the testing procedure here

To avail of the warranty it is necessary to test it in open condition immediately after installation before other activities at the construction site can affect the pipe's installation. And if at that time you find that the product is not working, please get in touch with us and we will replace the TermiPore pipe.

 

TermiPore is available in multiple sizes. However for most applications we recommend the 12.5 x 17.5 mm size (Green line marking) since it has sufficient thickness and required flow area for proper termiticide injection. A higher thickness pipe with inside 12.5 mm size is also recommended for more weight bearing and more consistent flow rate.

For places where space under the tile is a constraint, we have the 9.5 x 14.5 mm (orange line marking) which also has required thickness, but with a little smaller flow area. The termiticide injection will take about 15% longer, but it will perform equally well in all other parameters. Higher thickness pipe with inside diameter of 9.5 mm is also available for more weight bearing capacity and more consistent flow rate. 

What is the difference between the different sizes of TermiPore Pipes? Which is the best size for Anti-termite Reticulation System.

Since the construction methods and practices are significantly different in each area, it is most likely that pest control service providers in your area are using only one of the standard sizes. This is preferred so that all fittings, installations, and future injection is through standards followed in your area. So rather than choose any size and insist on it, we recommend that you go with the size most common in your city and used by most pest control service providers in your area.

All sizes are made with the same durable material using the same extensive process. And the life once installed under the flooring is also the same. So all sizes will work and serve the purpose of reticulation. Selecting a standard size is better since it will be easier to find a service provide to inject the termiticide every year.

One size that is most versatile and suitable in all applications is the 0.5" x 2.5 mm thickness size . We have it as 12.5 x 17.5 mm size with green line marking

Which product / size is the best for long term benefits?

The life of the pipe is very long. It is made of non-degradable elastomeric compounds that will last for 30-50 years. It is important that the pipe is not exposed to the atmosphere, hence we recommend that you connect it to a plain plastic pipe of compatible size, and the plain pipe is what should come out of the junction box.

If you are looking to buy the entire kit of TermiPore for 1 house, you can buy it directly from our website www.buy.termipore.com

You can also contact us on  6359292525 or email us on info@termipore.com, Click here to contact Us

 

TermiPore Pipe is sturdy and strong with thick walls for underground installation and is made of specially developed elastomeric compounds.  It will not get squeezed if properly installed. It will get squeezed only if there is heavy weight placed directly on it or is bent at sharp corners without using an elbow. We recommend that it is laid alongside and under the sand plus brick layer, or in a groove of proper size. You do not need a groove size of more than an inch. At sharp turns, do not bend pipes, use elbows instead.

Termipore pipe is NOT the same as porous pipe, in fact it is very different from porous pipe

 

  • The generic porous pipes available are meant for use in irrigation and the flow rates are accordingly designed.
  • They are also of thin wall thickness. Which is okay for use under soil and in open fields. But they do not have the required strength of walls and can compress if used in reticulation
  • In case flow rate variation along length is high, the soil can be dug up and the pipes replaced.
  • Also the thin walls require that the pipes be replaced every 4-5 years since they block or disintegrate.

Such replacement is not possible with reticulation. Hence Termipore pipes are different by:

  • High quality thermoplastic elastomeric compound that ensures long life
  • Optimum flow rate designed for reticulation and termiticide injection
  • Consistent micro holes all around the pipe and across its entire length
  • Every roll of Termipore is checked to ensure proper flow rate is available
  • Superior material and high wall thickness to ensure higher weight bearing capacity and consistent flow of termiticide

We do not provide installation service but you can contact us  to know the pest control service providers in your area who use Termipore pipes

We estimate that a 1000 sq ft floor area requires about 125 mtr of Termipore pipe. You can find a complete kit available in our product section that has Termipore pipe as well as other fittings required for a 1000 to 1200 sq ft floor area. You can find the details of the TermPore Kit here

How much TermiPore Pipe will I need to install on my property?

Though installing TermiPore Reticulation System is a simple process, we recommend that you use the services of experts in the field, so that no nuance is missed. Installation is just a one-time process and it is best done under the supervision of experts in the field.

TermiPore system is a reticulation system of piping that has special honeycomb structure from which termiticide will slowly release. A wet or moist area will need such termiticide the most, so ideally the bath and wash area should have TermiPore piping system installed under its flooring.

However with construction, often the quality of water proofing is not reliable . In such a case, the water may seep in through the poor quality construction and spread to other parts of the house. 

If you are sure of the quality of construction and water proofing, then you can certainly install in wet areas as well. However if you are unsure, it is better to avoid them. With regular injection of termiticide in all other areas, you will still get enough protection from termites

 

The flow rate of TermiPore pipe is designed such that when injecting with a low pressure pump, the termiticide can reach 60 to 70 feet. This flow rate is ensured in every roll, and is designed after years of testing and experience. If the flow rate is kept more than this, then you will need to install junction box at very short intervals because the termiticide will not go very far with small pumps usually used by pest control services. This will not be practical and will distrub the looks and layout of the property.

If the flow rate is very less, then the termiticide can go to almost 200 feet along the length of the pipe and many rooms can be covered with just one junction box. However the rate of release per meter will be so less that it will take a very long time to inject required quantity of termiticide.

So we have identified this 'just right' flow rate - the Goldilocks zone - where you can get proper quantity of termiticide with reasonably less junction boxes.

To get this with low pressure pumps typically used, the installed length of termipore should be 60 to 70 feet. Sometimes due to the layout of the building, the installed length is higher. As a result you will not be able to see the termiticide return to the other open end when injected from one inlet of the junction box.

This is not a problem. The fact that the termiticide quantity is reducing in the drum / container is proof that all pipes are working well.

So we suggest that you inject half the quantity of termiticide from each inlets. 

Or you use a higher pressure pump and you will be able to see the termiticide oozing out from one side as you inject from the other.

 

TermiPore Reticulation System prevents termite attack when regular termiticide is injected through the pipes and it does that by providing a layer of termiticide which the termites cannot cross. So when it is used in the ground floor, it wets the soil under the floor and prevents the termites from coming up. This should prevent the growth of termites to upper floors. However not all termites always come from the ground. Even on higher floors we see termites that have come through the wood used or through compound walls and trees. So if these termites attack the wood or walls in the floor below yours, then in such cases it will be helpful to have the system installed under the tiles on all floors. It will prevent termites from coming to your floor from the house below. 

It is very easy to install TermiPore Pipes. Lay Termipore on a bed of sand, use fixing hooks and cable ties to secure the pipes in place, use elbows at sharp corners, t-jointers at cross sections, test after installation, and then cover the pipe with sand to ensure it is not in direct contact with cement. Always keep TermiPore concealed, connect it to plain plastic pipe that extend up to the junction box wherefrom the termiticide is to be injected. Place a junction box at every 20-30 meter of TermiPore pipe and please use liquid termiticide only. Use a pump of 1hp/0.3 kg/cm2 to inject termiticide.

Here is a list of Dos and Don’ts for TermiPore Installation:. You can also get details of installation here

  1. Install Termipore on a bed of sand using fixing hooks/barbed clamp
  2. Use elbows at sharp turnings, t-jointers at cross sections, and jointers to connect pipes
  3. Use a junction box at every 30 meters/100 feet
  4. Check flow-rate after installation
  5. Use a 1hp/0.3 kg/cm2 pump
  6. Cover the pipes with sand after installation and after checking the flow rate
  7. Do not allow direct contact between cement and TermiPore
  8. Do not bring TermiPore Pipes all the way to the junction box; use a plain plastic pipe for that
  9. Do not install TermiPore in wet areas
  10. Do not use powder termiticides for treatment

We recommend the following steps to inject termiticide once the pipe is laid:

  • Before covering the pipes with tiles / flooring, inject water with a 1 HP pump through the outlets provided in the junction box. Check that the water is reaching everywhere. Even though it may not be equal in every place, the entire length of pipe should get the water and wet the soil in about 15 to 20 minutes of pumping
  • Immediately on completion of construction, and then regularly (usually once a year) as per recommendation of your pest control service provider, ensure you inject termiticide through all the junction boxes.
  • Use a 1 HP Monobloc pump to pump in the termiticide in one end of the pipe. Wait for about 5 to 10 minutes and if the installation is in short length, you should get the termiticide out from the other pipe. Close the other end of the pipe with an end plug once that happens.
  • Now the termiticide is releasing in the soil through the micro holes in Termipore Pipe. Keep pumping till the termiticide is over. Usually this will take 20 to 30 minutes depending on quantity and length of pipe installed.
  • In case the length installed is longer than 60 feet, and you do not get the termiticide out from the other end of the pipe, wait till half the termiticide is pumped in and then change sides – pump in from the other end of the pipe.
  • The type of termiticide, the quantity, the length of time and the frequency of treatment that is to be injected is a field of a pest control service provider and we recommend that you consult them for these details

 

Although Termipore pipe is designed and tested so that the flow rate is as uniform as possible, the material and process of making the pipe is such that there will be variations of +/- 20% in the flow rate along the length of the pipe, as well as between pipes. This is because the honeycomb structure is created during the curing process when the pipe is made, and the holes are drilled post-production. Moreover, there will be minor variations from batch to batch because of the conditions and the unique process of making this pipe. However, despite the high variation along the length, if you install Termipore pipe as recommended – giving a junction box every 20 to 30 meters and keeping two outlets in the junction box, the required termiticide will reach everywhere when injected using a 1 HP pump

You can use a 1.0 HP or a 0.5 HP Monobloc pump that gives at least 0.3 kg/cm2 pump to inject termiticide. You can also use a battery operated pesticide sprayer for this. Please ensure that volume, size of pump outlet and pressure of the pump used is sufficient so that the termiticide can reach till the end of the pipe. If in doubt, please contact an experienced pest control service provider in your area.

What type of pump should be used to inject termiticide?

Number of inlets and hence junction boxes needed depends on the size of the area where the system is installed. We recommend one junction box at every 30 meters/100 feet of TermiPore Pipe.

How many separate inlets / outlers should be provided for when installting the TermiPore Reticulation System?

Your building is safe from termites, only if you inject termiticide through the TermiPore Pipes. It is not enough just to install the system, you also need to inject termiticide soon after installation and at regular intervals too, usually once in a year or two. Your local Pest Control Service Provider will assess and advise you based on the area your property is in.

A good reticulation system needs to ensure that the termiticide reaches everywhere and is able to soak the soil properly. The flow rate of Termipore is hence controlled so that it is not so high that the termiticide does not reach till the end of the pipe. Nor is it so less that the speed of oozing is very slow. As per design, all Termipore pipes are made with optimum flow rate that will ensure termiticide will reach till about 60-70 feet when injected with a 0.5 HP or 1 HP pump. Hence we recommend that a junction box be placed after every such distance

Termipore pipe has a life of many decades once it is in the floor. However the honeycomb structure means that the pipe’s strength and life is reduced when exposed outside. So if Termipore pipe is used above the floor and brought out in the junction box, then after a few years it will crack and so it will be very difficult to inject termiticide. To avoid this we recommend that a plain flexible PVC or a UPVC pipe is used. For a much longer term solution, you can avoid bringing out any pipes in the junction box and instead use brass nipple. So with only such a brass nipple exposed in the junction box, the risk of any kind of inlet pipe degrading or cracking is minimized. And you can be sure that the inlets will be proper for injecting termiticide even after many many years.