Pest and termite infestation is a significant problem across America. Research shows that homeowners in the country spend about $ 5 billion on pest control and damage, which is way too much to take in.
But there’s a solution: termite inspection, also referred to as pest inspection or W.D.O. inspection (wood destroying organisms).
The Inspection aims at identifying wood-destroying insects and potential wood damage.
Few facts about this Inspection:
- It is a state-regulated inspection
- Because of the gravity of the termite problem, the inspection companies must have their license from the state pest control board.
- The board was formed to help consumers from fraud and unlicensed inspections. So, if you experience any problem with the inspection company, the board will always intervene.
- It includes the costs of repair and termite treatment
- Unlike other home inspections, termite reports would always include termite treatment costs and repair for damaged areas.
- That is why you’ll always find lenders asking for a termite clearance letter before they issue a loan to a homebuyer.
- And to get a termite clearance letter, you have to address all the issues, including fixing the damaged wood.
What does a termite inspection report include?
A termite report would usually resemble a foundation diagram highlighting the infested areas in your home from the exterior, interior, and crawl spaces.
The report will also include inspections done on other building components such as the foundation walls and footings, decks and patios, air vents, fascia, exposed timbers, ceiling joints, and attic walls.
The report will also include identifying conditions that are deemed likely to lead to pest infestation, such as excess moisture conditions in basements, roof leaks, poor ventilation, excess debris, etc.
So, do not wait until you see a termite or damage to schedule an inspection.