What to expect during an inpection

A termite inspection, properly referred to as a Wood Destroying Pest and Organism Inspection report, entails a thorough inspection of the complete exterior and interior of the structure for wood destroying pests and organisms.

The termite inspector will need access to all rooms inside, including but not limited to, bedrooms, bathrooms, closets, and garages. Furniture and storage should be 3' from the wall if it designs hinders the technicianís ability to see the baseboard.

The inspector will be looking for evidence of termites, wood destroying pest, excessive moisture conditions (i.e., plumbing leaks, etc.,) other adverse conditions, and damage as a result of said conditions.

The inspection will include the crawl space, aka pier and beam const. (if there is one). Therefore, the access covers to these areas should be exposed by the homeowner prior to inspection.

Upon completion of the inspection, the inspector will go over all findings and recommendations with the homeowner or agent, if desired.

A written report is issued and usually available within one to two working days.


Types of Inspections



Findings



 

Termite inpection terms

Carpenter Ants: (=CA) Carpenter Ants are physically the largest ant in Arkansas. Carpenter ants do not ingest the wood they are infesting; they excavate galleries out of the wood for their nests. These galleries sometimes weaken the wood members to the point of structural failure.

Cellulose Debris: (=CD) This is any type of wood product, or by-product, such as construction wood debris, cardboard, paper, etc., on the subarea soil surface. The Structural Pest Control Board says that all cellulose debris of a size that can be raked or larger is conducive to infestation and must be removed.

Clean Out: (=CO) The Structural Pest Control Board says that all cellulose debris of a size that can be raked or larger is conducive to infestation or infection, and must be removed.

Cluttered Conditions: (=CC) Conditions which prevent the technician from doing a thorough inspection.

Dry Rot: Dry rot is a condition of wood in which a fungus breaks down the wood fibers and renders the wood weak and brittle. Excess moisture is the root cause of dry rot. Borate wood preservatives can be used to treat and prevent fungal growth in some situations.

Faulty Grade Level:(=FG) This is defined as when the exterior soil grade is even with or above the concrete foundation of a structure. This condition frequently leads to concealed infestations of subterranean termites or organic growth infections.

Form Boards: (=FB) Boards that are normally used when pouring concrete, like around the slab, AC unit, and hot water tank.

Hanging Insulation: (=HI) Hanging insulation is an indicator of rodents living under your home, or of moisture conditions. This prevents a thorough inspection.

Moisture Condition: (=MC) Any condition that has or can allow moisture to come into contact with wood members of the structure (i.e.: plumbing leaks, too much water in the subarea soil, inadequate ventilation, etc.)

Needs Repair: (=NR) When the technician determines the noted area is structurally compromised.

No Access: (=NA) This is noted if some areas of the structure are not accessible. Could be caused by air ducts, plumbing, not enough space between the structure and ground, or simply has no entry way.

Non-structural: (=NS) When the technician determines the noted area has not compromised structural integrity.

Organic Growth: (=OG) Organic growth, for the purpose of structural pest control, involves only wood decaying fungus. Wood that has been damaged by fungus must be removed and the excessive moisture condition which caused the fungus must be corrected. Dry Rot is frequently misused as a common term for fungus. Dry Rot is actually a result of long-term infection by wood decaying fungus.

Possible Hidden Damage: (=PHD) This is the possibility of damage if termite activity or conducive conditions are evidenced.

Powder Post Beetles: (=PPB) Wood destroying beetle.

Scuttle Hole Needed: (=SH) Scuttle holes are 16 inch by 18 inch trenches dug under obstructions in crawl spaces that allow the technician to access the other side in order to complete a thorough inspection.

Shelter Tube: (=ST) Dirt tubes through which termites travel.

Standing Water: (=SW) Water that isn't draining out of crawl spaces. The home could need a sump pump installed, or a drain hole in the foundation. Possible gutters and French drains can be installed around the home.

Styrofoam around Slab: (=SF) Sometimes Styrofoam is used to wrap around the slab of a home, but this prevents chemical treatments from being effective since it cannot penetrate the Styrofoam.

Subterranean Termites: (=AT) These types of termites are a ground dwelling species. Subterranean termites access the wood via mud shelter tubes. Currently, the only available treatment is a localized chemical treatment of the infested soil.

Termite Damage: (=TD) When damage from termites has been found and treatment is required. Repairs may be needed if the damage is structural.

Termite Scarring: (=TS) Termite evidence just below the surface of the wood.

Water Damage: (=WD) Damage created by water due to standing water in a crawl space, water leaks, or water in contact with any non-treated wood.

Water Leak: (=WL) Anytime water is leaking from a water source.

Wood to Soil Contact: (=WGC) This exists where untreated wood members are in direct contact with the soil. This is conducive to both termite infestations and organic growth infections.

Tree Stump: (=TS) A stump that is within 3 feet of the home foundation.