A Wood Destroying Pest Inspection is recommended when purchasing or selling a home. The purpose of a Wood Destroying Pest Inspection is to report if there are wood destroying pest or organisms.
The actual inspection are divided into two major areas: pest infestation and conditions conducive to these infestations. The pest infestation can further be divided into two areas: active infestation or inactive infestations. An infestation is considered to be active if the pest is present, even though it may not be causing any damage. And infestation is considered to be inactive if the pest was present but is no longer present, even though damage is present.
Our wood destroying pest inspections, inspect the exterior, interior, attic (if applicable) and the crawl space below the home (if applicable). When the inspector arrives on site, they will begin the inspection on the exterior of the structure, they will be looking for earth to wood contacts, ventilation, faulty grade, etc, they will then move to the interior where they will turn on all sink, tub, and shower faucets and allow the water to run for a brief time, toilets will be flushed, they will inspect under sink cabinets for leaks or organisms, soft floors, cracked or missing tile or flooring will be duly noted, and they will do a visual inspection in the remainder of the interior, ending with an inspection into the crawl space area. From the previous water check in the interior it will show evidence if there are any leaks or leaking in the crawl space area. They will also be looking for excessive moisture in the crawl, cellulose debris, ventilation issues, etc. The crawl space is generally where most of the any problems will arise. All findings will be noted on the Wood Destroying Pest Inspection report. If treatment or repairs are needed they will be noted on the Wood Destroying Pest Inspection report.
The following are what the inspector is looking for:
- Termites - Active or Inactive
- Any other wood destroying pest, IE, Carpenter Ants, Powder-Post beetles, velvety ants, Round Headed Borers to name a few.
They will also be inspecting for:
- Fungus - Active or Inactive
- Earth to Wood Contacts
- Faulty Grades
- Insufficient Ventilation
- Excessive Moisture
- Cellulose Debris
All of the above can or will create a wood destroying infestation or problem for the soundness of the home. A Wood Destroying Pest Inspection should not be confused with a Structural Inspection. In most cases, both inspections are recommended to insure the soundness of the structure.
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Last Updated (Monday, 14 June 2010 22:18)